You can do better, way better, and you know it. You see what you want to write clearly in your mind. But somewhere in the way, you loose it, and you feel really bad about it. You sit in front of the computer, or the white page, and you end up cleaning the house or eating sweets compulsively. I know the feeling, because I've been there too many times. Until I discovered why that kept happening, and (most important) what I could do about it. Let me show you how to end with the writers block once and for all!
The key to productive writing
Here are some good news. You don't need to go on retreat, you don't need a sabbatical, you don't need isolation or silence. The answer is within you, you just need to be brave enough to aknowledge your processes.
Getting to know your inner yous and explore your fears is the key to success
Once you're less scared you will start to really use the the time you've allotted for your writing.
You might be thinking: "What the hell is this woman talking about? I have only got one me". Well, think about them as archetypes. Whichever word works best for you. But belive me, they are there, and the sooner you get to know them, the best.
The four fighters that live inside your head
They work with you when you're writing, doesn't matter what: an academic paper, a novel, a blog post ... All have their strenghths and flaws, and all of them are necessary to keep balance and overcome fear.
How to handle your team
The first reaction when you discover what's going on is to love the poor Artist and the Procrastinator and hate the mean Censor and the Perfectionist. But that's not the way to work with them, at all. Because they ALL mean well, and they ALL have a purpose and a place in the creative process. The problem is not the fact that they are there. That is normal. The problem is that they are unbalanced and out of control.
Prove of what I say about hating the Censor that is the book Your inner critic is a big jerk, written by Danielle Krysa. It is a wonderful book: funny, insightful and really useful, BUT, she talks really badly about the Censor, that's not the answer. I'll explain you why.
We tend to forget that ALL the archetypes are YOU. They are a part of you, weather you like it or not. And, what's most important: they will ALWAYS be there. That's the reason why hating one or more of them is not the answer. Because doing so, you are hurting yourself and sooner or later you'll be back on the starting point: sad, lonely and frustrated. What's the answer then? Keep reading, it's quite easy!
Understand their mission
The four archetypes are there for a reason. Once you understand this, all becomes easier.
Respect the creative process
The problem is simpler than you might think. We get blocked because we work with all our team screaming at the same time. And it doesn't work like that. For you to listen to each one of them, they need to speak one by one, in the following order:
How to apply all this
Easier said than done, uh? Let's see what can you do once you know what goes on in your head.
I will show you more techniques to re-educate your inner yous. For now, I'm glad to have introduced them to you. So, what I recommend is to just stay aware of how your mind works while you write.
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