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No matter how confident you may appear on the outside, there’s no getting away from your inner critic. We all hear it at one time or another; some more than others.
You know what I’m talking about: That voice inside your head that says “Who am I to think I’m a writer?” or “That’s such a lame idea for a book or blog post” or “Where did I ever get the notion that I’m talented?”
This pesky little voice will also speak up when it comes to marketing and sales: “That’s a stupid promotion idea! People will laugh at you!” or “Don’t be too pushy asking people to buy your books. You’ll sound like an idiot!”
Well, I want to share with you one creative way to handle your inner critic that I’ve found to be very effective in shutting it down. This piece of advice comes from Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way and many other books.
Her secret? She calls her inner critic “Nigel.” That’s right, she gives that negative voice its own name and personality. According to Cameron, Nigel is a flamboyant British designer.
Giving your internal voice a silly name and turning it into a cartoon-like character defuses its impact. How can you take your inner critic seriously when you dress it up in such an outlandish manner?
Another important point Cameron makes: “People come to me and they expect to be taught how to be fearless. They think I’m fearless. I say, ‘No, no, I create despite the fear.'”
So I ask you: How do YOU write and promote “despite the fear”? How do you tame your inner critic? I welcome your coments.