Monday, January 23, 2012
Squash Your Internal Editor
The man does not confine his remarks to writing. He also whispers about my parenting skills, my cooking skills, and anything else that happens to wander through my mind.
Welcome to my own brand of craziness.
This little man crops up more than I care to admit, and he's never happy. If you're reading this blog, I suspect you have some experience with this. You might not be a writer. You might be a mom. You might be a college student. Whoever you are, I'm willing to bet you've got your own little man filling you with negativity.
So how do you deal with such confidence-sapping thoughts? This is how I handle it, and it's pretty simple. Whatever he says, I do the opposite. "Don't write today." I write. "Sit on the couch and watch TV because there's nothing worth doing anyway." I get up and do something. "You're the worst mother in the world." I kiss my kids.
It's not always easy. Sometimes (like today) I have to force myself to write (or whatever). But I always feel better after doing something. Even if today's writing is horrible, at least I've done something, and I can be proud of that.
Try it. I promise you'll feel better and that negativity will slip away from you like water down a drain.
Tomorrow, I'll post an update on the first novel. See you then!