Welcome to this week’s installment of Writing Wednesday Workshop. Today we are going to talk about inner critics. As writers, we are very familiar with our own inner critic. It’s that constant voice in your head that berates you and your work. It shakes its finger at you and rolls its eyes. Some writers give their critic a name and others just call it annoying.
For me, my inner critic looks a little like this:
Scary, right? He’s been with me for a long time. He breaths fire and uses his claws to rip apart my writing. I try to drown him out but he is still there, hiding in the shadows.
I saw above quote and I really could relate to it. So listen up, demon critic! I’m tired of you and I think we should break-up! I am a writer and my writing is filled with the Light! See you later and never come back!
I suggest that we all do something similar. We don’t need that inner critic. We are filled with creative ideas and thoughts. We are gifted and are storytellers. Stomp out that negativity and embrace the writer within!
Need some help breaking up with your inner critic? Here are some tips for being strong and saying good-bye to your inner critic:
- Write a Dear John letter to your inner critic and list ten reasons why you don’t need it.
- Write down some of the things that your inner critic says to you about your writing. Then go outside and set it on fire. You will be cleansed.
- Make a list of ten positive affirmations about your writing. Read it aloud and the next time your inner critic whispers in your ear, recite the affirmations.
- Look at yourself in the mirror and say at least five things that are positive about yourself and your writing.
- Go for a walk and while walking, break up with your inner demon. Tell it all the reasons why you are through. Then take a few deep breaths.
Your inner critic will tell you that you need it, want, crave it. Those are lies. You don’t need it and it only brings you down. Release yourself from the chains of negativity and let your true Light shine!!!!
Have you broken up with your inner critic? Any tips on how to be creative without your inner critic? Please share! I’d love to hear from you!
Be strong and free, writers! You can do it!!!
Until next time,
MRS N, the Writer