‘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.
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.