Silencing the ‘Inner Naysayer’

It starts as a whisper

Early on into my ’50k words in a month’ challenge,  I noticed the internal whisper of self-sabotage began talking louder than usual.

While out to lunch, my Inner Naysayer (let’s call him Colin for the sake of the story) was dismantling my fledgeling story:

Colin: “Who wants to read this kind of story anyway?”

Me: “I do for a start – ”

Colin interrupts: “If you say so. Personally, I think you’re a tad bit delusional. But what do I know? I’m just a figment of your imagination!” 

Me: “Lalalalalala! I can’t hear you, Colin!”

I ended that conversation quickly and tuned out Colin’s high-pitched giggles with an episode of Chuck on Netflix. *head in sitcom sand*

Silence the Inner Naysayer with a Novelist’s Agreement

Chris Baty author of No Plot, No Problem, talks about this conundrum in some detail. You have to make a pact with yourself that you will not allow that self-sabotaging sonofab*tch inner gremlin to have a seat at your writer’s table.

There’s no space for you here, Colin! Got that!!

It’s also important to read the “Month-Long Novelist Agreement and Statement of Understanding” frequently:

I understand that I am a talented person, capable of heroic acts of creativity, and I will give myself enough time over the course of the next month to allow my innate gifts to come to the surface, unmolested by self-doubt, self-criticism, and other acts of self-bullying.

An open letter to my Inner Naysayer

Dear Colin (Inner Naysayer)

Your feedback has been duly noted but I’m choosing to ignore you because I think you’re a bit of dick.

So next time you’d like to offer an opinion, you can shove it where the sun doesn’t shine!

Sincerely,

Not listening to you anymore!