May. 29th, 2014

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Take a look at those old enemies of your creativity, including your inner censor if you like. Pick one, and write a letter to the editor about why they are wrong about you and your work.

Unlike real letters to the editor, this letter has no word limit, so feel free to go into detail about just how wrong your enemy is and why.

You can write this letter in your own voice, or use another one. Fictional is ok. I like to do this exercise in the voice of a very young Amazon reviewer who thinks I am THE GREATEST MOST LIFE-CHANGING AUTHOR and is prepared to fling the vilest insults she can invent at anyone who dares to suggest otherwise. Because I have a lot of trouble championing myself, it helps to have fictional champions whom I don't directly identify with and therefore don't immediately resist. You can also write in the voice of a friend, a good teacher from real life, another artist whom you look up to -- whatever is easiest or most fun for you.

The important thing is to add a dissenting voice to the dialogue. The enemies of your creative self-worth have their opinions, but don't let them trick you into thinking they're the only voice worth listening to. Give someone else a say.

Once you've written the letter, send it to yourself, so that you'll get it in the future. Put it in an envelope and mail it, or schedule an email to arrive a few days or a week later. Be sure to open it and read it when it does.

Did you do your morning pages today?
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