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October 18, 2009

Writer’s Intuitively Have all They Need?

Filed under: Uncategorized — zabowska @ 12:08 am

Writers always believe that they must be lacking something to become good writers. But according to Sellars, that is far from true. She believes that we already intuitively know everything we need bout writing well, and writing regularly. All we have to have confidence in our abilities and intuitions and to develop our writing skills from there.

  Writers seek books, courses, and professional opinions about writing. This isn’t necessary because the teacher that we seek is in each one of us. Much of Sellars book is geared to show the writer how to become aware of the inner teacher and rely on it to get our writing done and our expertise honed.

  I don’t totally disagree with Sellars. I think that writers could develop all the skills and habits that they need in order to write effectively. However, initially, I think that we all need a bit of instruction in order to hone our skills. We need this knowledge to be reinforced and honed as much and initially as often as possible. And I think we all need help when we first start writing.

  However, I agree with Sellars that we have everything that we need in terms of courage and confidence in order to write. Many writers feel very uncertain about themselves and this translates into their writing a lot of times. There is no one culprit for this. There may be many different things that cause this to occur for writers. However, it is important for writers to feel worthy in order to write effectively.

  Therefore, I think that the first thing that writers should work on is their self-esteem and self-acceptance. Writers are human beings and some believe that writers have to be even more psychologically insecure and vulnerable than most. Writers are like artists who fret about everything and a fundamental lack of self-esteem is at the root of all of a writer’s problems.

  Writers have a tendency to beat themselves up about everything. And this is what has to stop in order for writers to write effectively and to be happy about what they produce. If a writer is unhappy with him/herself, (s)he won’t be able to produce writing that (s)he will happy with.

  So, let’s all work on developing a positive self-esteem and let us learn to love ourselves as much as possible. We owe it to ourselves, our writing, and those around us. I believe that we intuitively know is that we are worthy of happiness and that we are okay as we are. We just need to act on this intuition more often.



  1. Sunny,
    As a young child I intuitively knew the elements that would make a good story. I used them well to my teacher’s dismay. With a little more research into my personality, by a loving mother, I was found to be a story teller. Maybe it’s my Scottish blood, we Scott’s sure love a Tall Tale. But I had to learn the proper way to show and tell my stories.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is I’ve seen this natural intuition in its raw form. Like you I agree that some fine tune studying can make the stories better and help us get them on paper. Then the Self esteem helps us further the process in sharing our written words. Thanks again for another confidence building post.
    C Mackay

    Comment by c mackay — October 19, 2009 @ 3:37 pm | Reply

  2. Sunny,

    I agree with this philosophy about writing from that place inside that stays closed off without encouragement to blossom. I also think that writers are born rather than created. A talent for art is innate, I think. Yet art has many forms. Even mathematics is filled with art of the most elaborate types. Fractals are amazing examples of mathmatical art. Music, too, is mathmtically based. I often wonder if God invented the universe as his computer composed of mathematics and then sat back and watched as the universe created everything else on that basis.

    We, as humans, can never aspire to reach such heights of creativity or imagination. We can, however, do our best to present a tale or two about how a fraction of that universe might present itself to us as the viewers.

    And I agree with you about honing skills necessary for writing in a usable form that entertains the reader or listener. After all, even mathematicians have to begin with doing sums and multiplication tables. And writers have to follow suit just to tally the number of characters, scenes, pages, and volumes they intend to use on a given project.

    Amazing how that works, isn’t it? Good subject. Thank you for bring it up for discussion.


    Comment by claudsy — November 3, 2009 @ 2:35 pm | Reply

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