Tuning in to the writer’s adult side


Gram:  While an inner child is a wondrous thing, a child needs to be tempered by the adults in his life.  Allowing the inner child to run amok helps no one, not even the creatives.  Adults bring discipline and order to the table.  They set boundaries and guardrails to keep the child from harm.  My grandson, Roland, is the perfect example.  He is always in his imaginary world within the real one.  He doesn’t realize he can’t fly.  He runs around without a care.  This means he is not watching out for danger.  In fact, danger is a foreign concept to him.  He is a super hero after all.  Thank God for that innocensce, but I also thank God he has adults around him to watch out for those real world grimlins.

{Even if you don’t want rescued!}

Writers also need their creativity tempered.  There are rules, and they exist for a reason.  The world, writing and otherwise, would be in utter chaos if we allowed our inner children (aka left brain) to follow their every inclination without the presence and guidance of their adult self.  Maintaining the wonder of childhood is a good thing, but that doesn’t mean we must remain children in every aspect of our lives.  We grow up.  We learn to discipline ourselves.  We recognize the gremlins and do what we must to tame them.

Next we will spend some time talking about these Gremlins (of an out of control inner child) and discuss how they harm us.

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6 Comments

  1. Your post prompted a lovely memory of my son as a child. He also believed he could fly every time he put on his Peter Pan costume. 😆

    • Children are so great! They are fascinating. We can all learn a lot from them. Too bad we adults stop believing.

  2. There certainly are rules. I wish you would tell that to our local paper. They do not appear to have heard of punctuation so consequently many of their articles make no sense at all!

    • My news feed has some awful stuff too. I know it’s often time sensitive, but there’s time for editing. It makes them look bad!

  3. Isn’t this like colouring INSIDE the lines? And let’s not get started on punctuation—UGH!

    • lol. True Tess 🙂

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