Time to Kick the Critic to the Kerb

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Even though finding a terrible review of any of your writing can slice your soul in two, and have you spending a week in your jammies going through super deluxe boxes of tissues, some of your own inner dialogue has probably been a lot worse at various points along the way. Perfection is something we all secretly wish for, but perfection in any pursuit, creative or otherwise is probably something attained only accidentally. NaNoWriMo November is fabulous because there really isn’t any time for agonizing over sentences, and you have a golden free writing ticket to bang away at your story without any exact sense of expectation for the outcome. If it sucks when it’s done, that’s perfectly alright. There will be lots of time for repair later.

If we could inject some of that good stuff – that happy, fearless scribbling – into our day to day writing lives…

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3 thoughts on “Time to Kick the Critic to the Kerb

    roweeee said:
    October 22, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Hi Jo,
    I just wanted to update you on our chat about mulberry picking a few months ago. We went up top Byron Bay and while the kids were picking mulberries, I spotted a snake outside. It was all quite exciting and the kids decided they’d had enough mulberries and came inside: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2015/10/08/snake-bait/
    I also wasn’t sure whether you’d read about me running around town with Geoff Le Pard’s most recent book. I’m more of a publicist than a critic. https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/an-unauthorised-book-tour-my-father-other-liars-geoff-le-pard/
    Hope you have had a good week. Another one is just about to bite the dust!
    xx Rowena

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    Rajiv said:
    October 22, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Very good post…

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    laurie27wsmith said:
    October 22, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    I think the internal critic, at times, can be far worse than any stranger Jo.

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