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For my last writer’s group meeting I submitted the rewritten draft of one of my novel chapters.
They hated it.
They not only hated it, they confessed that they liked the original draft much better!
I went home to puzzle over this. I had worked my butt off to make that piece just perfect and ended up mangling the thing but then it finally hit me:
I was trying too hard.
I want to write this novel so bad that I have been letting my inner perfectionist run wild instead of ignoring her and letting my creativity just flow.
It took an evening of deep thought for me to realize what I was doing, and a group of my friends to call me out on it. Now I sit here thinking about what do next.
It explains a lot. I’ve drafted a number of scenes that, try as I may, that I can never seem to get right. Thanks to the criticism in my writer’s group I now believe the problem isn’t with the scenes themselves, but with me.
I’m going to kick back and stop trying so hard. As soon as I can catch up with my inner perfectionist (she’s put on her running shoes tonight) I plan to gag her, stick her in a box and shove her in my closet so that I can get this thing done.
While I’m at it I may try to trap my self-esteem and shove her into the box as well. I’m tired of her telling me that I suck at fiction.
Do you ever fight with your inner voice? Please share your stories in the comments below.
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