I’m Not an Imposter

And I don’t need your approval.

Authors Notebook.

I needed to make myself write more, but how?

If you are a ‘writer’ experiencing procrastination, then you would write about procrastination wouldn’t you?

Then a memory hit me:

Other Times My Creative-Self Got Done-Over

“I’ve bought a book called The Artists Way — that helps writers to write and people to unblock their creativity.”

“Vulgar language dilutes your talent, it ruins your chances and your reputation as a professional writer. It gives a bad impression. People won’t take you seriously anymore.”

But I AM a writer…

So it’s not that I’m deluded!

Procrastination is really FEAR

“Procrastination is not laziness, it is fear, call it by its right name and forgive yourself” — Julia Cameron

“To bring back the creative life, the waters have to be made clean and clear again. We have to wade into the sludge, purify the contaminates, reopen the apertures, protect the flow from future harm.” — Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Why all the aggro and lack of encouragement from others?

Here is one reason. It’s a story my son’s father told me (before things went sour):

How I Finally Beat Procrastination

“Have more than one idea on the go at one time. If it’s a choice between writing a book and doing nothing I will always choose the latter. It’s only if I have an idea for two books that I choose one rather than the other. I always have to feel that I’m bunking off from something.” — Geoff Dyer

To conclude:

Creativity is not a solitary movement. That is its power. Whatever is touched by it, whoever hears it, sees it, senses it, knows it, is fed. That is why beholding someone else’s creative word, images, idea, fills us up, and inspires us to our own creative work. A single creative act has the potential to feed a continent. One creative act can cause a torrent to break through stone.”

English woman and mother writing about mental health, parenting, addiction and recovery.

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