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On Writing

I feel so distant from everything tucked away in my story folders, and I think it’s because I am afraid. Completing something actually means I’d need to let people read it, and then I’d have no excuse for not submitting to Viable Paradise as one of my friends keeps suggesting. I just think anything I’d write before the deadline would be, well, tossed off and certainly less than what such a workshop deserves.

Or so I keep telling myself.


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Apr. 28th, 2003 08:37 pm (UTC)
Three things...

1. That's your inner critic speaking. Kick her. KICK HER HARD. She's dragging you down. After you kick her, sit down and write something. Let it be crappy. It's only the first draft; they're allowed to be crappy. You don't have to show it to anyone and you can always revise.

2. Even if you submitted something that WAS tossed off, you get a chance to resubmit a new or revised copy of your submissions before the workshop starts.

3. I highly recommend the book "The Courage to Write" (Ralph Keyes).

Apr. 28th, 2003 10:34 pm (UTC)
I know about the "I'm afraid" demon. I possess that inner critic. The story I submitted to VP, was the first thing I ever finished. It was submitted LATE, and was only completed because a mutual friend of ours was visiting me, and severly kicked my butt about it.

The Inner Critic needs to be silenced, but only I can do that. I'm working on it, and it's hard. Silence yours, and I know you'll fly.


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