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July 25, 2011


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You have no idea how much I love your website as an aspiring writer. You tend to have the best advice at the most perfect time. Just yesterday I threw out one book idea that I started because my inner critic was telling me it was a disaster and instead of picking at it, I figured that I just had to stop and come up with a better idea. Looking back though, it was great idea and instead of throwing it to the wind, I should have focused on what specific parts my inner critic was saying looked horrible to the precious eyes of readers everywhere.

Donna Cummings

Britt, I'm so glad to hear that my site is helpful to you. :) And I tend to write, and post, about the things that are bedeviling ME at the moment, so I'm also glad that the timing is perfect for you too.

I like pinning the inner critic down and making him/her be specific. Otherwise too many things DO get thrown away when maybe it just needs a fresh look, or a little more exploring to make it work the way we intended.

I've got my fingers crossed for you with your new idea. And it sounds like your inner critic is gonna help now. Woo hoo!

carrie spencer


carrie spencer

I just read an article where Lynsay Sands said she writes her entire book in 2-3 weeks! Obviously that"s when her inner critic takes a vacation.....=)

Donna Cummings

2-3 weeks? Wow. I've done NaNo a couple of times, where I've gotten the first draft done in a month--and it works because I'm racing through the words faster than the inner critic can. LOL

Jan O'Hara

Yes, the specificity is what exposes the inner critic as being the type of person I wouldn't stand next to at a party, never mind invite into my life. Great tips there, Donna!

Donna Cummings

LOL, Jan -- how true! The inner critic is someone I'd never associate with in real life, yet I've managed to partner up with them when I write. I need to do some major editing and revising!


This site is like a clssaroom, except I don't hate it. lol

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