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Learn To Love Your Inner Critic

One of the toughest writing hurdles is facing off with the “Inner Critic” (aka Inner Editor, aka Writer’s Block Builder). We all have one, no matter how successful the writer, which explains why there is so much advice out there on how to deal with it. Usually, this involves giving that little killjoy a name, wrestling it into submission, and then shutting it away in a box while you write uninterrupted. That’s the plan, anyway. I’ve tried this, sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. Much of the time I’ve already had to work uphill to give myself the time to write that the thought of having to fight another battle is just too much. Some days I just want to write. I don’t have the energy or emotional fortitude to go toe to toe with myself. Writing is hard enough as it is without having to add another level of resistance to the whole process.

This week my therapist reminded me of an amazing technique I have used in the past when dealing with anxiety. Anxiety and the Inner Critic a…

Just Write

I don’t know why any of us, myself included, thought that a person with ADHD would be able to stick to a publishing schedule. I guess I thought it would be good practice. Ha.

I’m amending my promise of putting out new posts every week. My new promise is you’ll get them whenever I give them to you. I think a big part of my problem was the pressure. Every Friday would dawn with no words written and then I would stress. And we know how stress leads to performance anxiety which leads to no writing.

These last few weeks I've also been very busy with house projects, prepping for National Novel Writing Month, and dealing with health issues. Speaking of NaNoWriMo, I want to talk about that today. I’ve mentioned before how helpful NaNoWriMo can be for writers who are easily distracted or tend to procrastinate. The trick to why it works for many is that it doesn’t give you a chance to stop to second guess yourself. If you want to make the goal of 50,000 words in 30 days, you don’t have ti…