Do you pick apart your writing work? Are you your own worst blogging enemy? Figuring out how to silence your inner writing critic feels maddening in moments.
After a few bloggers on social media shared struggles with their inner writing critic I intend to offer you tips for silencing this harsh voice coming from within. Do not surrender to the negative mental chatter or else suffer the consequences. More than enough blogs sit dying or dead in the cyber graveyard of inactivity due to persistent, pesky, debilitating inner critical ego chatter.
No one escapes the demon picking apart your writing work 100% of the time. At the end of the day, all bloggers face their inner writing critic from time to time. But following specific tips silences this destructive voice most of the time.
Adopting a set strategy to address negative chatter gradually converts critics in supportive cheerleaders, in the mind’s eye. We all deserve to feel good about our writing because success is our divine birthright. Learning how to turn foe into friend creates a peaceful experience to where you actually enjoy writing.
How to Silence Your Inner Writing Critic
Blogging reveals your fears quite skillfully and without bias. My inner writing critic still assails me in moments as a 13 year blogger. However, following the below tips let me slowly, steadily and patiently silence the voice from yapping, obnoxious jerk to placid, less-annoying, friend.
My inner writing critic means well because this voice tries to protect me in gentle fashion. But I did inner and outer work for a while to convert this harshest of critics into a gentle annoyance.
How about yourself? Does that voice in your head obliterate your work? Do you feel paralyzed any time you sit down to write a blog post?
Dissolve the anxiety-inducing voice to create a peaceful, serene inner writing voice supportive, uplifting and success-promoting in nature. You can and will write with confidence by learning how to silence your inner writing critic. Even better? The once harsh critic becomes an uplifting buddy or even a supportive cheerleader.
I feel good writing this post because I largely hear a supportive inner coach egging me on.
Follow these tips to figure out how to silence your inner writing critic.
Meditate daily. Spend 10 to 20 minutes focusing on your breathing.
Focusing on your breathing lets you observe your thoughts and feelings. Inner writing critics are the fear-based thoughts and feelings of ego. Meditating regularly makes you aware of your inner writing critic thoughts and feelings. Being aware of these energies lets you face, feel and release your inner critic. Let go these energies to sing a different, more positive, more supportive inner writing voice tune.
Unfortunately, most bloggers seem completely unaware of their negative self talk because few people meditate routinely. Folks cannot hear their negative, destructive, critical inner chatter because until you meditate regularly you will not hear your ego; you will simply operate robotically, being dominated by forces that seem to be outside of you, per most of humanity.
Meditate for 5-10 minutes daily, for starters. Rome was not built in a day and your meditating sessions will not lead to enlightenment tomorrow. At the end of the day, spending 5 minutes sitting to observe your thoughts daily for 1-2 months creates space between your thoughts and feelings. Proceed to meditate for years to develop serenity in your being. One who cannot be disturbed by their thoughts and feelings feels largely peaceful.
Focus your attention on air flowing into and out of your nose. Note the moment your focus appears to shift from breath to various thoughts and feelings. Observe the object of attention. Proceed to move your focus back to your breathing.
Consider adding 5 minutes to meditation sessions every 1-2 months. Seemingly like magic, you slowly and surely hear the thoughts and feelings consistent with your inner writing critic versus resisting or being ignorant of these energies.
Face, feel and release these feelings to be free of the inner critic. Build your inner writing fan as you patiently and persistently release thoughts and feelings fueling your inner writing critic.
2: Write Slowly
Write slowly to expose your inner writing critic. Kick this negative nelly to the curb by slowing down, calming down and releasing the negative voice in your mind.
Taking my time to write this blog post revealed a few critical barbs tossed my way courtesy of ego. Ego protests me using Google Docs to write and save this post. My ego wishes me to take off this sunny Saturday afternoon in Panama. I also felt the critical urge within to skip writing this post as my developer puts the finishing touches on my wonderful new theme.
A few other inner critical thoughts and feelings arose as I write these words but writing slowly, calmly and deliberately makes me aware of these criticisms so I can let go each to proceed with the blog post.
Sometimes you and I type violently, slamming the keyboard with our fingers to get the job done. However, writing too quickly robs you of the opportunity to identify and release your inner writing critic.
Meditating regularly helps to slow down your writing but being mindful about slowing down, calming down and relaxing as you write is the best way to write deliberately. Writing deliberately from a relaxed vibe slowly but surely reveals the inner writing demons attempting to assail your work.
Release Rigid Timelines
Attempting to hit writing deadlines helps to get work until you make the error of writing too quickly. Set an intent to complete your blog posts within a reasonable time frame but do not write quickly or forcefully to reach your goal.
I used to work solely off the clock but learned my inner writing demon lesson; writing slowly revealed these negative nellies. I began writing slowly by letting go strict writing deadlines. Let go. Clear the fear-based voice arising during more relaxed writing sessions. Eventually, your inner writing critic will shut up.
3: Surround Yourself with Uplifting Readers and Writers
What is one of the best ways to figure out how to silence your inner writing critic? Surround yourself with uplifting readers and writers to dissolve deflating inner critics.
My community inspires me to let go critical inner chatter through their loving feedback. Supportive fellow writers pick me up during low moments. If I criticize my writing a loving reader and/or fellow writer points out how well I write. In other cases, my tribe offers honest, supportive feedback to help me get clearer on my journey.
At the other end of the spectrum, let go harsh critics at all costs. Compassionate blog followers offer honest feedback to improve your writing skills in tactful fashion. Rude, boorish, unclear critics have no place in your blogging campaign. Avoid these folks like the plague. Release these folks like a hot potato.
Surround yourself with readers who see the best in your writing to silence your inner critic. Every time ego tries to run you down with its nasty little barbs, a kind, supportive reader picks you up with a compliment and reminder to keep blogging.
Fellow bloggers know all about overcoming the writing denizen in their mind. Empathetic writers guide you through your most inner critical moments to persistently blog through this mental writing jungle we all climb through as bloggers.
List Friends and Fans
Create a list of dear blogging buddies and loyal blogging fans. In some cases, each list overlaps. Connect with these folks frequently to foster bonds. In my lowest moments, even my usually pesky inner writing critic surrenders to the love loyal friends and fans shower upon me through their words of support.
I genuinely did not believe in myself or my blog more than a few times during my blogging career. Loving followers picked me up specifically when I needed their positive feedback, to keep blogging.
4: Practice Writing Daily
Open a Word document. Write 500-1000 words. Either trash the document or use it as some form of content based on your intuitive nudges.
Inner writing critics seem to be doubt masquerading as ego attempts to keep you comfortable, miserable and depressed as a writer. Practice writing to exit your comfort zone, to gain confidence and to become clear as a writer. Confident, clear writers who routinely exit their comfort zone hear negative ego chatter less and less.
Every blogger – or writer – doubts themselves sometimes. But diligent writers who hone and own their skills gradually dissolve doubts feeding the loudest inner critical dialogs dancing around in writer’s heads.
Write every day for optimal results. Bloggers who practice writing largely slay their inner writing critic but also position themselves to become successful bloggers. Writing is the top skill to develop as a blogger. So…..write.
Tips for Practicing Your Writing
Find a quiet spot. Relax your body. Relax your mind.
Allow words to flow fluidly by writing in a serene spot with a calm mind.
Sit with writer’s block. Bloggers often resist practicing writing for fear of having nothing to write about. But writing about anything quickly dissolves that excuse. Be less concerned with writing about a specific topic and more concerned about writing daily. Get comfortable with writing. Find your groove.
As words flow simply note how your inner writing critic becomes more silent. Eventually, the inner critical voice largely shuts up.
Write, write and write some more. Become a confident writer. Silence your inner writing critic.
5: Develop the Skill of Being Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable
Trying to decide how to silence your inner writing critic seems to be a study in how to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Developing this skill demands a willingness to face fear consistently, persistently and patiently. Blogging weekly – let alone daily – nudges you outside of your comfort zone. Either you scramble back inside of your comfort zone to the chorus of your inner writing critic or remain exposed to its harsh insults but conquer the demon outside of your comfort zone.
Writing is not a comfortable endeavor at times because this gig eggs you on to conquer your inner world. Tortured writers never master their mind because the feeling of being tortured is simply ego-fear in mind resisted, buried and allowed to fester into something crippling. However, successful, happy writers face, feel and release fears outside of their comfort zone to become professional bloggers.
Stretch yourself writing-wise to exit your comfort zone. The moment you leave your comfort zone you can assume that your inner writing critic awaits you. In this moment you either edge into fear to hear and dissolve the voice or you turn tail, avoid the fear and the voice grows stronger.
One wise guru noted how his mother taught him to look fear in the face and it dies a quick death. Inner writing critics die quickly by edging into fears fueling these doubts. Feeling fear dissipates the negative chatter because starving this critic of its doubts turns your inner traitor into a loving, uplifting fan.
I sometimes feel like my own most loyal writing cheerleader. Nudging myself forward internally feels natural these days but only because I suffered through uncomfortable writing sessions exposing my harshest writing critic.
- allow yourself to be uncomfortable sometimes; leaving your comfort zone becomes habitual for writers willing to be uncomfortable
- surround yourself with bold writers to follow their lead; confident writers stretch to leave their comfort zone
- hit the “publish” button to face your inner writing critic routinely until the yappy voice shuts up
Why allow your inner writing critic to paralyze you into inaction? Following each one of these tips can dissipate that annoying voice to create a positive, uplifting, supportive voice in mind accelerating your blogging success.
You deserve to share your writing gifts with the world. Success is yours. Turn your inner critic into a supportive cheerleader to free yourself from this heavy anchor and to expand your blogging success.
Does your inner writing critic assail you?
What tips can you share to defeat this foe?
How do you silence your inner writing critic?