Ignore Your Inner Critic and Write

All writing begins with an ugly first draft. But you need that first draft to serve as a foundation for the wonderful end result.

Unfortunately, each of us has an inner critic who belittles our ideas, our “author-ity” to write, our research, our very writing. And the inner critic seems so credible that we often succumb to its criticism, so we quit writing.

If your inner critic wins and you stop writing, you deny yourself the satisfaction that comes from writing the story or essay or article or book that cries out to be released. You also deny your readers access to your good work.

I know I repeat myself when I say that only you can write from your perspective, but when you realize your writing (your way of saying things) will reach people other writers haven’t, you’ll realize that it’s important you ignore your inner critic and write that ugly first draft. The polishing (rewriting and editing) come later.

Happy writing!

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2 Responses to Ignore Your Inner Critic and Write

  1. mlfables says:

    All writing begins with an ugly first draft. But you need that first draft to serve as a foundation for the wonderful end result.

    This.

    Once I let go of trying to edit as I wrote, (write 10 words, then stopping to edit those 10 words), I finally start finishing my short stories.

    Editing is important, but you have to keep the process of critiquing your work, seperate from the action of writing it.

    • I’m pleased you found what works for you. I also know that some won’t be able to completely stop editing as they write, and that’s okay as long as they take care of that word change or whatever is nagging at them, then keep on writing to get that initial draft done.

      Thanks for sharing your insight!

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