Friday, November 3, 2017

Interesting Gibberish (Or How to Choke Your Inner Critic)


Experienced National Novel Writing Month participants will tell you the path to success lies in never editing while you write. And it’s true. You have to keep forging ahead or you will never reach fifty thousand words in a month (or perhaps never complete your story, period).

I do, however, have a tendency to clip untidy bits while writing. If an obnoxious word or phrase pops up I hit the <enter> key twice, move my cursor back to the sentence above, and continue on. That way those words I typed in the interest of fiction count toward my NaNo total, which I figure is more honest than counting the words from blog posts or emails, etc..

Today I read yesterday’s nonsense and had to laugh. And by sharing here, I am really sticking it to my inner critic. Ppphhhhbbbbbtttttt! Take that, you spoil sport! I think Julia Cameron – author of “The Artist’s Way” and other creative boosting workhops – would be proud.

Below is the gobbledygook that cracked me up:

gave him a How is that We the Father Richards the priest behaving rudely them saw Backing me up the behavior he seemed who which of us to hand the note it unwilling on walked sounding vague into in pressed to clutches

How do you defeat your inner critic?

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12 comments:

  1. Honesty is so hard, isn't it? We'd probably have well over our 50 K if we added all our blog posts and morning pages. (wry grin)

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  2. Defeat it....haha....I am bad about speaking what that inner critic sees. Usually the family hears that part of me. I try so often to bite my tongue and keep my thoughts to myself.

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    1. Hahahahaha... Thanks for making me smile.

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  3. My inner critic just makes me not write anything at all. That is an interesting sentence :)

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    1. Oh, no! I'm even more glad for your great posts, then. Thanks for the comment.

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  4. Ha, that's a funny paragraph. But it probably meant something at the time it came out. I talk back to my inner critic. We have conversations.

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    1. Thank you for the giggle. Be well, my dear.

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  5. Now, this is something many can relate to. And, Ellen's reaction was interesting, too. I am my own worst critic. I will edit and then sit on a piece, even when I think I have it...because that inner voice taunts me, telling me that I may be wrong, it may not click with anyone. Or, that I may upset someone. Sometimes, it tells me that it is not as good as I think it is. I always doubt that my writing has any value. But, surely, some of it must be...okay? *sigh*

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    1. You're a wonderfully gifted writer! We need to kick that evil voice to the curb.

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  6. Word salad. Cool.

    I don't defeat my inner critic. This may be why it's been months since I wrote anything ;)

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    1. Oh, no! You write great blog posts, though.

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Thank you for taking time to share your opinion. Hearing from readers adds immensely to my joy of writing!