Okay, technically I’m not suggesting you go out and get drunk as part of your daily writing practice (unless you want to, of course, or you’re channeling Hemmingway), but there is a nugget of wisdom in the quote above.
It has been suggested a time or two, by people who know me, that with the addition of a little alcohol (a modest amount, not a “hold my hair while I retch” amount), I’m ever-so-slightly more charming and delightful. I’m not much of a drinker, so just a small amount goes a long way toward giving the world a happy / soft-focus appearance and making stress and worry step back a bit. It also does a great job silencing that inner voice that always seems to be worried about saying something dumb or doing something embarrassing.
When it comes to writing, your version of “drunk” may mean kicking off your process by listening to your favorite playlist, relaxing in a warm bubble bath, or doing a little mind-clearing meditation. Whatever helps you get your mind in the story, and drowns out that voice that insists on judging every word you put on the page, is a good thing.
I’m out of bubble bath, but I’ve got a nice bottle of port in the kitchen, so I’m going give it a try (for research purposes, of course). If it doesn’t help me get some words on the page, at least I’m likely to get a good night’s sleep.
So, what ways have you found to silence your inner critic so can focus on getting words on the page?
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