Wednesday, February 2, 2011
The Inner Critic
I used to talk to my students about the inner critic. Everyone has one, and I know they all had their share of evil murmurings from their own personal Diablo. I even wrote her into one of my plays as a major character! You’d think she would leave me alone after that, but no…she still shows up from time to time to wreak a little havoc. She likes to play games with my brain that leave me exhausted and emotionally drained.
I would tell my students they needed to do everything they could to ignore the negative ramblings of their inner critic. I told them to flick the pesky little imp off their shoulder and demand it to “shut up!” I need to take my own advice today. I'm flicking like crazy, but she will not be deterred. She's like an annoying little mosquito buzzing around my head and nothing seems to detract her.
If you have battles with your personal inner critic, I'd love to know what you do to tell her to shove off. I took a brisk walk in the lovely sunshine today and during the walk she left me alone. But now...back at the keyboard, she has firmly ensconced herself on my shoulder and I feel her digging in her heels as she readies herself to strike a blow. "Go to hell, Inner Critic. Leave me alone today!"
Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I muddle through. I suppose today isn't turning out to be a good writing day...I shall try again tomorrow. Maybe tomorrow Ms. Inner Critic will have flown the coop. Temporarily perhaps, but nevertheless, any relief from her would be welcome.