Saturday Night Brainstorming…
I figured I would run this out here, see if any response.
Thinking about a full workshop on killing critical voice.
So one of the things that would be in the workshop is this one method…
When writers are having issues with critical voice, stopping them, I sort of off-hand tell them to stop caring. Critical voice feeds on caring.
But then in the same breath, I tell the writer to do the best they can.
So one person today asked me how you do the best you can without caring? I realized I needed to do a lot more explanation.
First off, what is the best you can do while writing???
1… Have fun.
2… Don’t write sloppy.
3… Tell a story that readers will want to read.
You do that, it’s the best you can. No value judgement on the writing, no critique on the plot, none of that matters. Just those three things.
But writers who have critical voice issues bring in the “book” by thinking about what will happen to the book when finished while they are still writing. Will it be perfect? Will it sell a lot of copies? That’s deadly. (And this often happens a ways into a novel and stops writers cold.)
So how do you not care?
Simply train yourself on the following two things…
1… Doesn’t matter if the book will sell or not. You don’t care. It will be done and you will have moved on.
2… Doesn’t matter if anyone will like it. You don’t care. It will be done and you will have moved on.
So you do the best you can with the writing and then just not care. This takes all power away from critical voice.
Does it ever bother any of you that I can’t usually remember any of my own books? Do I have a bad memory? Nope. And I love titles (before and while I write).
I don’t remember hardly any of my own work because they are just “finished products” to me.
What was important to me was having fun, telling a good story, and not writing sloppy. After that I am done and the book is nothing more than one of the many hundreds of finished products I have. It is IP.
My critical voice has no foothold to even get started because of that attitude.
So I just blindly follow Heinlein’s Rules, have fun with the writing, get the finished product on the market and move on to the next story where I have fun again.
So you think that kind of solution, explained a ton better, plus other solutions, would be a good workshop? Honestly just never thought of doing a Kill Critical Voice workshop before. I am actually thinking it might be helpful. Hmmmm…