In the previous post, we discussed the idea that
weaknesses Gremlins can pop up in our writing life when we do not have an adequate balance between the inner child and the outer adult. Here are a few:
Lack of discipline
- We don’t write because we get distracted by the shiny things.
- We don’t finish projects on time
- We turn in shoddy or inferior work
- We flit from project to project, finishing nothing
►click on a notice from Facebook.
►an hour later, realize e-mail was not really checked.
►Start the e-mail again and get distracted by a blogpost that sparks an idea.
►Go to blog, notebook or document intending to jot the idea down and return to the task at hand.
►Half an hour later, think of the perfect picture to go with this post.
►Hit up fav picture sites looking for what we want.
►See another picture (or three) we might be able to use later, so we download and save.
►Look at file to make sure the pics saved and see a picture we were going to work on for another article.
►Work on it for a while and
►then remember our e-mail….
- We never finish because it’s never good enough.
- A project is never attempted because we don’t think can do it as well as _________ .
- We have a tendency to always comparing our work up, not down.
- We become self-deprecating because we see the flaws in our work.
- We have difficulty just saying thank you and accepting a compliment as sincere.
- We explain the issues to those who do compliment us, wanting to make sure they know we don’t think this piece is that great.
- We become
insaneangry when anyone dares to say anything negative about our babywork that we have labored over so painstakingly.
- We become very particular over the work. Anyone daring to edit our writing or suggest a change gets
hung by his heelsblasted with our anger or looked down on.
What Gremlins do you face in your writing?
Can you expand headings or points on this list?
How do you fight your Gremlins?