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How to keep writing when your inner critic screams

…What happens next is that we drop into edit mode, your inner critic takes over and all the creative flow drains away whilst we correct, fiddle, adjust, rearrange, and agonise over word choice. The wonderful creativity has dried up and it can be many minutes before it again comes back on stream…
…However, there is a neat trick that I have learned, one that can fence off your inner critic and stop him/her from jumping in and destroying your creative flow. This trick revolves around two things. The first is;

Technical marvels and suspension of disbelief

Earlier this week Angela and I wandered into our local cinema and armed with suitable munchies, we watched Angels and Demons. All was well until they got to the part set in CERN, which as any of you who have seen the film will know that it is right at the start of the film. [...]

Alternative thoughts; Best Selling or Best Written

I do love life, it is full of little events that you simply could not plan.

Yesterday I posted Rob Parnell’s classic post Murder your Darlings because it turned up on the day I posted the conflicting view Flabby or Plump; Can You Cut Too Deep, also on the same day I read Joanna Penn’s blog [...]

Alternative Thoughts; Murder Your Darlings

Last week I posted on my personal belief that words should be carefully selected and that much thought should be given as to exactly where they are placed in your prose.

In a remarkable coincidence, just as the post was published, Ron Parnell from The Easy Way to Write sent me a newsletter stating that you [...]

Emotion; The Writer's Sixth Sense

Why would I describe my heavy oak chair as obstinate?

After all how can an inanimate object be obstinate?
Yet I believe you all know why. It is heavy, dark, difficult to move and unyielding. I feel it is obstinate, of course it isn’t, it is only a chair.
The other week Natalie Allan popped a post up [...]

25 Ways To Buzz A Fellow Author: Guest post by Rowena Cherry

My grandmother on the distaff side used to say, “If you’ve nothing nice to say, don’t say anything…” Switch “nice” for “helpful” and you have my current philosophy.

I’ve recently been invited to become a contributing member of the blog “1st Turning Point“, which got me thinking about what I have to offer (or pay forward), [...]

Recycling Old Plots

“Go out and steal” these words are hiding in one of the books about writing that line my bookshelves. I wish I could find them again as I would like to give the author some credit here.
Just last week I had one of those wondrous moments, where suddenly something becomes clear. And it is all [...]

Procrastination is hard wired. How to beat it.

So after hours of preparation, finally we get the chance to sit down and write, but what happens? We do something else. E-mail is checked, the journal gets flicked through, paperclips require un-linking, plants need dead leaves removing etc.

Why? What happened to the writing?

The good old procrastination reflex has got us again.

So just what is [...]

Busy – But Busy at What?

If you were throwing away loads of something that is very important to you.

Would you not want to do something about it?

Of course you would.

In this post I am hoping to illuminate a little dark corner that seems programmed into all of us. A corner where we waste something very precious to us, without [...]

Life On The Right Hand Side Of The Menu

In my earlier post where I discussed the focus required by successful writers to make time in their lives to actually sit down and write “Sorry but I am too busy writing”.
I made a reference at the end that there is a negative flip side to the quality of your writing when you bury [...]