Inspired to write this moments ago, I recognized an attack by the inner critic. I’m sure anyone reading this knows what I’m talking about.  I gratefully say that “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron makes these insidious traps easier to recognize and combat.

In my case, my wandering mind wondered if I should continue writing a particular theme on another website. After all, I don’t have all that many readers or reviewers. Maybe it’s time to veer away from that particular character.

And that’s when my thoughts froze in realization that the skeptical and cranky critic in my mind was on the loose. As I’m gently reminded again and again by friends from this very blog, Story is God. Thank you, A. Catherine Noon, for sharing that particular, poignant phrase.

After all, who am I really writing for? Myself. It’s a creative urge that gives great pleasure and satisfaction. What else ultimately matters? Sure, it’s nice to know others appreciate what I’ve penned. In this information age, though, I should be grateful for any kind of niche in which to be found.

That’s not criticism of my writing, it’s simple fact. I find myself with limited time to read and a subsequently small list of writers which I faithfully follow. One can only wonder, out of all the blogging and twittering going on, how much time others lend to reading any fiction at all.

So that returns me to what’s important – following my muse. I really just need to be grateful I hear this calling at all considering the dry spell of which I’ve lamented in previous posts. Recalling how much joy has been garnered from material I’ve never even shared with the public, I feel darn lucky at the moment.

I hope sharing my brief battle with the critic will enable you to dip into your creative well for the sheer, childlike enjoyment of the process. Happy creating!

2 thoughts on “Resisting the Critic

  1. I'm so pleased that you're recognizing your critic AND, more importantly, that you're writing. I'm reading Julia Cameron's Finding Water, the third in the trilogy that begins with The Artist's Way, and she talks a lot about perfectionism and the critic. In Week Two, where I am now, she mentions that she struggles with her own critic and this is after ALL the books she's written on creative unblocking, not to mention the prodigious creative output she's accomplished throughout her life.

    If her critic is loud, and she writes anyway, then we can take heart from that and know that we just need to put fingers to keyboard, pen to paper, and trust that Story is God.

    Write on!

  2. Tess Miller says:

    Please don't you dare listen to that critic! You have a talent, and a love for writing. Listen to your bliss, follow it.

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