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Nurturing the Inner Critic for Your Writer’s Block

Many writers have suffered needlessly from writer’s block.  If you are a writer and have cleverly avoided “the block”, chances are at some point, the block will find a way in.  Most of us have experienced the block many times, and have dug ourselves deeper in the fear cave than we ever thought possible.


We all have the inner voice that tells us that we are not good enough, smart enough, or capable enough to writing something for publication.  The truth is; we are all capable of doing anything.  We can write well when we put our minds to it.  Think about this for a second.  In our past, when we have put our minds to doing something, doesn’t it get done?  Of course it does!  Writing is no different than any other accomplishment in your life.

Problem solved

Our brain is wired so that we give it a problem and the brain solves it.  Sometimes, it takes a while and we get impatient but the brain works on solving the problem day and night until it is resolved. The brain wasn’t always as good at solving issues. With anything we do, the more we do it the better we get.  Practice, practice, practice.  We have the power to get better therefore making it easier to talk with our inner critic.

Need for the inner critic

Squelching the inner critic is not the goal.  We all need the inner critic to help us with our writing but only after we put the words down on paper and need to edit the writing.  Without the critic, we would not be able to edit our writing and make it clear to our audience.  Our goal is to be heard and understood by the reader.  Our audience is important to us as writers. 

Summary Exercise

One exercise that might help you is to learn to write a quick outline of an idea with a few main points you want to cover in the article, while you are thinking of it.  You may never have to stare needlessly for hours at a white screen, waiting for inspiration.  Most ideas come when you are writing something else; something unrelated or when you are not writing.  A voice recorder might also help.  They are portable and you never know when an idea may creep into your thoughts.  It may become more valuable than your cell phone and it is just as easy to carry.

If you try this exercise of doing an outline for your article, I would love to hear how well it worked for you.  Please leave a comment.  If you have “tricks” you use, please share them in the comment section.

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