We return for our third week of writing advice. This will keep up as long as I can find something to write about, which hopefully means that you will have plenty to read.
Being a pill. We’ve all done it. Yet, when it comes to the creative arts, our inner “pillbug” can’t help but spout out a helpful comment. Too often writers are afraid to write something because of what their inner critic says. There’s nothing wrong with good advice or a bit of helpful criticism. However, you’re never going to write well if you keep beating up on yourself.
Don’t let the critic get to you. Take a deep breath and cover your ears. Otherwise you might be saying sayonara to your dreams of being a great novelist. Don’t get me wrong. Like I said before, criticism can be helpful at times. That’s not a good reason to give up because of something our inner “friend” said.
Some good tips: 1. Let your inner critic ramble on and on. When it’s done, go ahead and praise yourself for the good things in your story. Find something you like and bask in the glow of your success (go on, you’ve earned it after that talking-to). 2. Stop yourself from finding something negative. You don’t need to let the bad guy win.
Till next time when I post on a “magical” children’s book…