Just something I’ve been thinking about…
[This post was originally written for puttylike.com]
To my great surprise, I’ve written two books.
The first was non-fiction, and I spent the entire process worrying about making factual errors. I checked and rechecked (and rechecked) everything obsessively. At the very least, I wanted to be able to honestly say that I’d done my best to make sure any information I was sharing was reasonably accurate.
As a means of handling this anxiety, occasionally I mixed in a chapter of flash fiction. This was such a relief! These random chapters about wizards and aliens and talking flowers didn’t have the same obligation to be correct – in fiction, I could make up anything I liked.
Idly, I dreamed of someday writing an entire novel… a whole project free from this pressure, a project where there were no rules.
Be Careful What You Wish For
Of course, it turned out that having no rules was also horrible… just differently horrible.
[May be relevant if you feel as if the same problems keep resurfacing in your life without ever being properly dealt with.]
Imagine that you’re untying a giant tangle made up of many, many pieces of coloured string.
(I have no idea why you might be doing this. Presumably you’re very bored.)
I was asked to write a gentle article about self-love and our inner critics for selfharm UK.
You can click here to read it over on their website.
Inner critic: Save yourself the trouble, it’s rubbish.
I think it’s fine. Probably some people will agree with me, some with my inner critic.
That’s fine too.
No inner voices were harmed in the production of this post.
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We’ve Got The Whole Wide World (In Our Heads),
We’ve Got The Whole World (In Our Heads),
We’ve Got The Whole World In Our Heads.
This homage to an old hymn gets weird rapidly after verse one, so let’s end it there.
Question: Is the whole world in our heads?
Answer: Depends on what you mean by “in our head”.
Let me explain, using this Highly Scientific Diagram of how we experience the world: