In preparing for the NaNoWritMo event, I have been reading and researching various tips and suggestions. In virtually every book or website that I read about the craft of writing – there is always advice given about the “inner critic” This is the small voice that seems to constantly criticize the writing in the guise of making necessary improvement – when in reality it hinders the flow of creativity. The inner critic is quite useful for the editing phase of writing, but totally destructive in the imaginative narration of the story.
Write a letter to your Inner Critic.
Begin your letter to the Inner Critic with gratitude–always a good way to soften any resistance. Yes, you may be fuming at the chains, but start by thanking this part of yourself (for it is) for its never-ending vigilance.
Then renegotiate your contract. What can you ask for that would give you more freedom?
I do believe that there is something useful in giving credence to this abstract entity. I think acknowledging its existence, but admonishing its control, could be a positive step forward in embracing the life that I truly want to live.