Did You Have Overly Critical Parents? Then You Probably Have an Overly Active Inner Critic.
When we talk about the inner critic we usually focus on someone else’s inner critic—we read the article about the successful director that still suffers from self doubt, or we talk to the person in our writing group who just sold a script and they tell us they’re worried that everyone will think they’re a fraud. In cases like these it’s easy to see the inner critic for what it is: A nebulous cloud of doubts and worries that isn’t rooted in reality. But when it comes to our own inner critic, truth and fantasy become much more difficult to separate from each other.
5 Best Ways to Network for Introvert Writers
When you say the word “networking” to introverts the first thing they tend to do is cringe. Networking brings to mind impersonal business events where salesman-type guys in anonymous suits aggressively pass out their cards and collect as many phone numbers as possible. This couldn’t clash more with the inborn preference of introverts to ...
Taking Wisdom from One of Kevin Smith’s Very First Haters
All the writers I know have at least one person in their past who told them they would never make it. In my case, it was a creative writing professor in college. Too often it’s a critical parent who thinks writing isn’t really a career or a disgruntled spouse waiting for the income to start rolling in to relieve financial woes.
5 Reasons It’s Time to Stop Hiding and Show Your Writing to the World
The only true way to know if you’ve earned the right to call yourself a “writer” is by doing something that almost every writer overlooks. Owning up to it. And to own your identity as a writer—a real writer—you’ve got to show someone your writing. Here are 5 reasons to start showing your work... now!
Who Decides How Old Is “Too Old” for a Screenwriter?
“My biggest fear is that I’m too old, if you want to know the truth,” she said. I was on the phone with a new client, it was our second session together, and we had begun digging into the deep ugly roots of her crippling self doubt and writer’s block. I wasn’t surprised that one of the first monsters to jump out of her closet was the fear of being too old.