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January 30, 2003

Creating Distance.

These words from Syd Field's fab "Going To The Movies" keep echoing round and round my head. Our hero (Syd himself) has just had a night of writing madness and wanted to make sure he didn't lose that spark:

I had "pushed my mind" out of the way, and hadn't paid any attention to what my critical mind had been saying.

That experience was so pwerful that it became the origin of an exercise which I called "the critic's page". As I sat down to rework the introduction I took out an extra sheet of paper and titled it "the critic's page". I started writing, and it wasn't long before I became aware of the critical voice at the back of my mind. I hadn't been conscious of it when I was writing in the middle of the night, but now my mind was extremely active, judging and evaluating what I was writing. Now I just wrote the criticisms down on the ciritics page. Whatever they were - "These pages are no good," "Boring," "I've read this before," "No one's going to read this." "Who are you kidding," "This will never sell," etc etc etc. I simply said to myself "So What?" and continued writing.

That took the energy off of writing "perfect" words. And when I read over the critic's page a few days later, I saw I had written the same negative comeents over and over again. My comments were always the same. I couldn't believe it.

The more I continued to do this exercise, the freer I became. And then an amazing shift occurredL as I became aware of the critical mind making its judgements and evaluations, I didn't have the urge to respond any more.

Can I have a critic's life please?

Posted by Tom Dolan at January 30, 2003 02:59 PM

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What you have there is the essence of excellence. The Inner Game, as espoused by Timothy Galway. Move away from the mechanism and away from the Self. You don't do anything well by thinking about it.

Posted by: Nigel at January 30, 2003 10:15 PM

Are you getting all profound on me?

Posted by: Tom at January 30, 2003 11:18 PM

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