Name Your Inner Critic

Since my last post, I have been feeling inspired to write. The thing is, there is a big difference between feeling the inspiration and actually getting the words out onto the page. But the fact that I have at least acknowledged my Inner Critic seems to have silenced it a bit. Maybe that’s all it needed – a little respect. I’m thinking of giving it – her? him? – a name. After all, it does help me a lot when it comes to editing what I’ve written. I think it’s definitely a female. It’s quite ruthless, so it must be a woman. I see her as a strong older woman. Think Lockhart from The Good Wife. She sits at her expensive desk somewhere on the sixteenth floor of a New York apartment, and sometimes at her studio in Paris, she looks out of the window into the darkness of the night, the tip of her pen between her teeth, and she thinks about my writing. I can see her make some changes from time to time, and sometimes she smiles as she reads.
A strange thing is happening as I’m making my Inner Critic into a person. I now don’t feel that intimidated by her. Instead, I feel inspired and I want to impress her. I still have not given her a name, so I will think about what names suit her over the next few days.
If you write, try this with me. Give your inner editor a name, a personality, a story. Make them into a mentor of sorts. Like me, you will instantly feel an incredible shift in your perspective. Let me know how it works for you.

Author: Maia Nikitina

Writer, reviewer, blogger.

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