After reading so many writing articles and books, I have discovered that I am suppose to have an inner critic. I read that I must discover the inner critic, find him/her and maybe even name him/her. (Okay the naming part was my addition, but just so I don’t have to write “him/her” — this will make it simpler). My inner critic will be named Beezus.
After a short search on the internet I found that I am to do various things with Beezus:
- I am to “embrace my inner critic”. That proved to be a bit difficult. Since Beezus is “inner” I’ve not figured out yet how to embrace Beezus. I decided to give up on the hugging and just say “Hey, Beezus, it’s all cool.”
- I am to “invite the inner critic to leave”. Okay, this is confusing, first I am to welcome Beezus, give her a hug, and then ask her to leave? Won’t I be sending mixed signals?
- I am to “tame my inner critic”. How am I suppose to tame Beezus when I just told her to get out? I guess after telling her it’s all cool and then telling her to leave she has become unmanageable and wild–confused with her place in my life. In taming Beezus I am to listen to what she says and then say the opposite of what she is saying. “Beezus, I’m listening, but you’re gonna have to talk louder because the kids are arguing.”
- Finally, I should “make friends with my inner critic.” Okay, after all of this do you really think Beezus wants to be my friend?
Apparently, after all of this, Beezus can then become my “inner champion”. An inner champion is great, but what I really need is for her to babysit Friday night.