One Writer’s Journey

March 7, 2014

Self-censorship: Shutting Up Your Internal Editor so that You Can Write

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 1:39 am
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First thought

First thought.  Best thought.

According to a post that I just read by Leslea Newman, this is the advice that Allen Ginsberg generally gave his students. The idea is this.  Whether you call it your inner editor or your internal critic,  you need to shut this harsh voice off and write.

I have to admit, though this has stuck with me, I have to admit that it flies in the face of what I believe.  I’ve always operated under the idea that your first thought is going to be the same one that everyone else also thought up.  Go past it again and again to come up with something better.

But how often when I do this am I talking myself out of something new and different?  How often do I go on to talk myself into something safe?

I can’t say that I have an answer.  It’s just something that I’m noodling over.  Until I discover the answers …

First thought.

Best thought.

Just shut up and write.



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