I was hearing that nasty voice in my head today
as I worked on a project long dormant.

It tied me up in knots.
Filled me with self-loathing and doubt.

I pushed past it and met the small goal I’d set.

Then I watched one of my favorite movies about writers and writing:

I’m feeling much better.

8 thoughts on “Adaptation

  1. No self-loathing and doubt, Tracy. Please.
    I’m glad you pushed mightily past it.
    And thanks for reminding me about Adaptation. My husband and I are now planning for that tonight, though I think I find it more amusing than he does!


    • It’s so nice having your understanding and support, Jeannine. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

      Enjoy your movie night. I laugh enough for everyone when I watch it. Someday I’d love to watch it with another writer.


  2. Yay for pushing past it! Kick that SoB to the curb!

    I think the more often you do this, the more you’ll realize that voice is not part of you– it comes from someplace (or someone) else. And that will help you make it quieter.


    • I did kick that SoB to the curb. I (mostly) know that voice is not part of me, and I know exactly where it’s coming from. But that doesn’t make it any easier. However, last night I remembered your words about the importance of pushing back so that the voice eventually gets quieter. Thank you, Dot.


  3. I loved the beginning of that movie, where we got to hear the writer’s inner critic. I jabbed my husband and said, “That really is what it’s like sometimes!”


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