Critique, Humor, Writing

A dialogue with my inner critic

We all have inner critics. Some manage them better than others do. All too often, I tremble under the tyranny of mine. She’s not cute and harmless. Not at all. Think She Devil, like this:

I’ll give you an example of how she works. A writer friend emailed me the other day to ask if I’d considered offering editing services to increase my income. She said, “Your writing is so precise and careful.” and indicated she felt I could be of benefit to other writers. All well and good, right?

The next day, while doing some mind-numbing work, I thought about the email again. Suddenly, my inner critic offered a different interpretation.

Inner Critic: Precise and careful, huh?

Me: Yeah, so?

Inner Critic: Sounds to me like she thinks your writing is a bore.

Me: No … I don’t think so.

Inner Critic: Textbooks are precise and careful.

Me: But … I’m pretty sure she meant that as a compliment.

Inner Critic: Ha!

Me: What did she mean, then?

Inner Critic: There’s an old saying: Those who can, write; those who can’t, edit.

In typical She Devil fashion, she poofed away, her cackle echoing in her wake, leaving me to question my worth as a writer … or an editor. She’s pure evil, is my inner critic. Next time she pops in, I’ll slap her with a wet fish.

24 thoughts on “A dialogue with my inner critic”

  1. I recommend you fire the b….! You already know what I think of your writing, but I think you would also be an excellent editor and that might bring some income. Come on! You have to know how to write well in order to edit well. Your inner critic is just a mean-spirited you know what.


  2. Well done Linda. We all go through those moments every now and then. The problem? It paralyzes us.

    I have been wanting to get into editing for the longest of times, but the little devil has been getting in the way. I totally agree with Christa. Fire the b…h! “Feel the fear… and do it anyway!”


  3. She definetly needs to be slapped and put in her place. Once you have dealt with your she devil, come over and deal with mine. BTW anything of yours that I have read has not been boring.


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