Writing What You Know
By Lisa Collazo, LCSW | Posted June 1, 2007 | Updated May 27, 2019
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Eleanor Roosevelt
When I think of the concept of the inner critic, I find it's useful to envision an entity outside of myself, something getting in the way of what I'm attempting to create with my writing. In the coaching world, that entity is referred to as a gremlin described in the Wiktionary website as "a mythological mischievous creature depicted as mechanically oriented and devious."
How does the gremlin work its magic? For writers, gremlins can erupt anytime we sit down to write. Negative messages from the past begin to creep into the present, hindering our writing. For example, one negative message might be: "What makes me the expert on this topic?" "(Insert name of brilliant, famous writer here) can do it so much better than I can." A message like this one is formed early in childhood and we carry it into adulthood and our writing life. In childhood, these messages could be protective in nature, but in adulthood they don't serve us well. As a coach, it's my job to help writers develop new messages that bring about creative changes in their lives.
Here are 3 simple steps to writing out the gremlin:
Practice these steps and you'll be free to write what you know. Being aware of the negative messages via your inner critic, knowing how it served you in the past, and realizing what's real and true today are key factors to writing out the gremlin.
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