Note: Gremlins (aka monsters, Inner Critic, etc) are the voices in our heads that keep us from doing things. They are usually trying to help, but they don’t do it in a very helpful way.
Your gremlins don’t want you to make a fool of yourself and they tend to think that bullying is a motivational technique. They might have voices that sound remarkably like real people in your life. Like other bullies, ignoring them often just results in them trying even harder to get your attention. Telling them they are stupid is even less helpful.
However, sometimes talking to them helps. If you can get them to calm down, they often have useful things to tell you. And many of them are open to rational discussion, or at least bargaining. Sometimes they will let you experiment with something even though they are convinced it’s a Really Bad Idea.
The following letter is addressed to your gremlin.
I know that your person is a really smart person who gets a lot done. I know they’ve tried to schedule time for writing before.
If that hasn’t worked it’s not because your person is some lazy so-and-so that has no will power. Your person has a lot of demands on their time. And it’s really hard to prioritize something that feels so personal over the demands of students and colleagues. It is especially hard during those phases of the writing project that don’t have really concrete outcomes like 1000s of words per session or a publishable piece at the end.
In the same way that some people find it easier to maintain an exercise program if they join a gym and take classes, your person might find that the Academic Writing Studio and synchronous Meetings With Your Writing help them maintain a writing program in the face of all those other demands.
Would you let your person try it? $35CDN/mo isn’t a lot of money for regular writing support. (If your person lives in the UK, that’s <£20; in the US it’s <$30) And if they try it for a couple of months and it really isn’t for them, they can cancel. Call it an experiment.
Thanks for listening,
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