Why You Should Trust Your Writer’s Intuition #AmWriting

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‘Say yes to the small inklings of interest and curiosity that present themselves each day’. Lynn A. Robinson.

Inside of us we all have:

  • An inner editor / critic – takes the form of a loud voice inside your head. They can be obsessive, sometimes cruel, occasionally obnoxious and they will always claim they have your best interests at heart. This imaginary being resides in your mind and is best mates with your ego.
  • The writer’s intuition – takes the form of a series of hunches, gut tingling sensations, weird feelings and at times a whisper. This imaginary force resides inside your gut and is best mates with your heart.

Learning to ignore the inner critic and trusting your writer’s intuition is a skill we all must try to adopt.

Here’s why:

Trusting your writer’s intuition means you let go and stop trying to control your story. You take a back seat and let your intuition lead the way.

As Ray Bradbury said,

‘your intuition knows what to write so get out of its way.’

I love this idea of our intuition being our inner guide.

Your real intuitive voice is one we can trust because it’s a loving, supportive, and encouraging one. It is connected to your Higher Self which never criticizes you. Ever.

Your intuition tells you to look at something more closely. It’s like an internal nudge. If you start to listen to it you will pick up on stuff which needs more thought. We shouldn’t be afraid of the ‘nudge’ from our intuition when reading our own work. If something doesn’t sit right with you and you are being ‘nudged’ investigate and explore. See where it takes you.

Your inner critic has a close relationship with your ego and I hate to say this but sometimes it will won’t tell you the truth. It will be influenced by your ego. You can, however, always rely on your intuition. It won’t lie to you or ridicule you.

When you write you have to remember they are YOUR stories. Trusting your intuition is all part of creating something which feels right to you.

Strengthen the relationship you have with your intuition by getting silent. Its the only way to hear your intuitive voice. I have done this by meditating. This has been a game changer for me. I meditate for ten to fifteen minutes a day and over time I have started to notice the little voice of my intuition. Its always been there, I’ve just never paid much attention to it and have let my inner critic drown it out.

Watch out for repeated phrases in your head. Your intuition is nudging you.

Take care out there.

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47 thoughts on “Why You Should Trust Your Writer’s Intuition #AmWriting

  1. Yay to meditation!! I did a sound healing session this week and found it to be very helpful for grounding and working through my ideas. All I need now are tiny bells on my writing fingers 😉 Great post x

      1. It’s too easy to let ‘real life’ get in the way of what’s good for us. I’ve been having acupuncture over the past couple of months and following every session I have to deal with a ‘bad day’ as all the nasty energy seeps out of me – I tried to keep going but my intuition told me to let everything go and listen to my body. It took time but I’m getting better at it.

  2. I hear voices … my female muse leads me on … my intuition … usually female too … changes mind a lot! Methinks perhaps I shouldn’t have been born with dangley bits.?

  3. Surely it’s usually your writer’s intuition telling you to change track because you’re beginning to feel that the first idea either won’t work work or can be improved.

  4. You know, this is interesting. I like how you’ve separated your muse from your writer’s intuition. Nice post. And, yes to meditation. I’m still trying to find a good app to guide me along…

  5. Hi Lucy Happy Sunday. My intuition is usually quite good but whipping it into line occasionally shows it whos boss. It is when you are (as Iam on the last leg and a character decides to do soe random thing that I hadn’t allowed for and that thing looks interesting your intuition says “Yep he is right that is so much better than your crummy idea” *punch* Now you are no longer on the home stretch because if he does THAT! It will alter the last third of your almost done revising manuscript. I hate it when intuition knows better than me… but he does. 😇

  6. Oh and Lucy your blog is making me sad. There are no tulips outside and and you’re banner is reminding me that it will be FOR EVER until they are. *humpf* and I am on a diet so am grumpy…

  7. Hi Lucy!
    I enjoyed your post! My writer’s intuition is sometimes at war with my openness and hunger for feedback. When someone offers me a critique on my writing I often take their advice, tweaking this or that. Most of the time, this is incredibly helpful. Sometimes, it’s disastrous. One industry professional suggested I switch the gender of my MC. I toyed with the idea, questioning if maybe they were right and I was wrong. I re-wrote a chapter, then two. . . then, as your post suggests, I felt like throwing up. I stopped writing. I drank a glass of water. (Okay wine, it was wet and I was thirsty.)
    Ultimately, while I respect the advice, changing this important detail would fundamentally change the theme of the novel. I can’t say for sure that the theme is perfect, or meaningful as it stands today, but my intuition told me to stand up for it. Not because I don’t want to listen to the feedback, but because the path this change suggests isn’t a place I’m interested in going. In the end, if I’m not interested in writing it, and I’m only doing it because some little voice (outside my head or inside of it) told me too, then the integrity of the whole effort falls apart. I’m not the only one working on my novels, there are lots of people contributing to the story, but I’m the captain of the ship. If I allow it to run aground, there’s no one to blame but me.

    Thanks for a great read!

    1. That is such a great comment!! My problem is that I don’t feel like the captain of my ship and somehow I need to get that feeling back! Thank you for this fab comment! Happy Sunday!

  8. I thoroughly enjoyed this post because it makes me feel better about my attempts to write something good. I don’t think I’ve met my “writer’s intuition” but I’ll keep going and hope she shows up soon!

      1. Hahahahaha don’t we all make silly decisions. Try the 4-7-8 method. Breathe in for 4 with tongue to roof of your mouth, hold for 7 and breathe out in Ina whoosh for 8. Even just quietly breathing for one minute has huge benefits or using cooking etc as an active meditation.
        Woah I rambled. I hope it gave a little encouragement though!!! Happy Sunday

  9. Writer’s intuition. I like that. Since I started my blog to capture my spiritual, intuitive experiences, my writer’s intuition has quietly spoken and lead me and has also directed the show. This post https://unbreakablejoy.wordpress.com/2017/02/01/so-insecure/ my writer’s intuition had a lot to say..”she” was really trying to get me to learn and understand how security and insecurity work….HA! She was right. Thanks for this post it’s a reminder to know who you are listening to….or should be anyway! HA!

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