Self-Conscious About Writing?

Within the past few hours I’ve talked to two friends who are trying to write and have ideas, but they get blocked by self-consciousness. It’s a common problem–and it’s a killer for creativity. Don’t try to write something that’s going to please other people. Try to write something that’s only going to please your harshest critic–yourself. 

And surely don’t try to write something that will appeal to everyone. There’s never been a book, story or article that’s had universal appeal. I mean the best-selling book in the world is the Bible, and there are LOTS of people who don’t like that. So if God can’t write a book with universal appeal, who the hell are we to try? Relax. The more you can have fun writing, the better your writing will be.

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About Richard Sanders

I worked as an Executive Editor at Entertainment Weekly for 11 years and (in two separate stints) at People magazine and people.com for 12 years. I often speak to young journalists and try to use myself as an example for inspiration—a guy who spent time in jail, rehab and a psych ward and somehow went on to become a successful editor at Time Inc. and managed to stay sane and alive. I’ve tried to reflect those experiences in my books. View all posts by Richard Sanders

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