Who is Your Inner Critic?

Writing Exercise Reflect back on the ‘100 Pictures in 5 minutes’ exercise:

Creativity takes courage. — Henri Matisse

  • Was it a challenge to get to 100?
  • How easy or difficult was it to shoot without editing or censoring in advance?
  • Can you describe your inner critic?
  • Is it gendered?
  • Is it associated with a particular person in your life, past or present?
  • Is there one persistent or common message that your inner critic commonly repeats?
  • How does this voice influence other parts of your life
  • How do you typically manage this voice?
  • Who is generally in control (you or it)?

Don’t think too much. There will be more time to think later. Analysis won’t help. You’re chiseling now. You’re passing your hands over the wood. Now the page is no longer blank. There’s something there. It isn’t your business yet to know whether it’s going to be prize-worthy someday, or whether it will gather dust in a drawer. Now you’ve carved the tree. You’ve chiseled the marbled. You’ve begun. ― Dani Shapiro, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life

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