Silence the Censor

Do you, at times, have your doubts? Do you look over your material and hear that nasty little interior voice saying no way, absolutely not, NO?

If you’re going to get any work done, you have to kick the nay-sayer to the curb. That’s just a fact of a writing life.

For an hour, a day, an entire writing week, give yourself a break, and make it an anything goes zone.

And when, some hard work later, you’ve penned as much as you can, take the day off. Go out, refresh, and embrace your world. Later, you can rework it.

Later, you can cut out the dead. The redundant. The confusing.

But now?  No limits. No expectations. No old biddy standing over your shoulder, ruler at the ready to rap your knuckles. Welcome to the yes zone. Let it fly. And have a good time.

Photo credit: Mel Lindstrom

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  1. Michael

     /  November 19, 2010

    What I really appreciate about these posts is that you keep it simple. Simplicity is the key to my ability to hold the thought and carry on, right through the day. So, thanks!

  2. I started to write with the idea that I’m writing for one person. This person embodies my audience. In my case, it’s my sister. She’s got enough wack in her and good sense about her to be the ultimate reader – the one that I want to get jumping up and down about what I write.

    Anybody else trying that?

    • It’s a great idea to consider how the work is going to come across to your ideal reader, a single person, and if that’s a family member–no abstraction, but flesh and blood–well done! If your sister is leaping up and down–she, who knows you well, and wouldn’t, presumably, spare your feelings or her comments–you know you’ve done quite well. Keep me posted on how it’s going and thanks for writing.


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