This week I’m not thinking about what inspires me, but rather what kills inspiration and how I can defeat those pesky harbingers of doom. I’m thinking about the voices in my head.
I seem to have a multitude of voices distracting me from my life (as I think I a lot of writers do). Do you ever feel like you need to tell them to just leave you alone? Telling is a nice word, usually I want to scream at them. Sometimes they are helpful when it comes to writing, I’ll admit that. There are those voices that turn into characters or are already characters that tell me where the story should go next. Although mostly it seems like those pesky characters tell me that the direction I was planning on going is totally the wrong way. There are voices of those who encourage, telling me they believe in me. Sometimes I have so many voices shouting at me that I don’t listen to what’s going on around me. And doesn’t that make for fun dinner conversations? My husband has to deal with a lot “huh?” from me.
But in and amongst all those helpful voices are the evil ones; the ones telling me I’m not good enough. The ones telling me this story is stupid, it doesn’t make sense, it’s not going anywhere, it’s been done before, it’ll NEVER GET PUBLISHED. In case you can’t tell, I’m suffering with a crisis of confidence right now. I know I’m not unique, I know every writer goes through this. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t flat out suck when you’re in the middle of it.
Those evil voices are the ones I want to learn how to quiet. They may be right. I might not be good enough and my story might not make sense to anyone but me. And, in reality, there is a good chance I will never get anything published. But that shouldn’t matter when I’m writing. If those voices would just leave me alone I might be able to make some progress and move the story forward, instead of being paralyzed by fear and indecision.
Do you have voices whispering in your ear? How do you quiet them when you want them to let you be?
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