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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Comment by Richard Sanders on August 26, 2010 at 4:47am
I don't know, Alan, the hold-up sounds like a hell of a story to me. Especially since your folks went through the same thing. Maybe it's not a story now, but it could be in your future. All I can say is, you grabbed my attention!

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