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Don’t Let Your Inner Censor Carry the Day!

  • If you are anxious about writing, it may help to write about your early writing experiences. Did school, a particular teacher, or a relative make you too sensitive to the inner censor, too critical of yourself?
  • Write about learning to write, about the history of your experience of writing. Might it have been penmanship or theme composition that closed you off? Did you face such constant criticism that it seemed impossible to have anything you wrote accepted by a critical teacher—or was that the harsh voice of your own inner censor protecting itself? Become aware of your writing history by writing about it. To paraphrase a well-known statement: those who ignore their personal writing history are doomed to repeat it!
  • Personify your inner censor. Imagine it as a little devil or a sprite. Tell this creature its presence is unwelcome and unnecessary. See (in your mind’s eye) your inner censor turning away, disappearing, melting like the Wicked Witch of the West.
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