Originally Blogging the Artist's Way. Thoughts, musings, experience of the 12-week course, January to March 2006. And after that?.... Life, creativity, writing. Where does it all meet? Here, perhaps.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Sunday Scribblings - Nemesis

After last week's look at heroes, this week, Sunday Scribblings' theme is Nemesis.


She dwells within, her with the long, bony finger, always pointing; Her, with the sharp eyes and the shaking head. No, No, No, she will intone. You can't do that, can't chance that, You can't risk that. What will they say? What will happen? You will get laughed at, you will fail. You will make a fool of yourself. You will end up despondent and depressed. You can't, you shouldn't, you mustn't, you needn't. She says everything is ok as it is, She figures change isn't a good idea. Staying just where we are is comfortable for her. She allows me to argue, up to a point, and then she shakes the head again. But, But, But, she will chant. She is the sprinkler of doubts, she has a way of being there, just turning up whenever there's an idea afoot, a new something in the air. There she will be, with her chorus of doubters to back her up.

But, now that I have come to know her, now that I understand her fears, she holds less fear for me. I can let her have her say, and sometimes, having assured her that I'm listening, that she has put a stop to my madness, I just go ahead and do what I wanted anyway. See? I'll say to her, - See? I made a change, and the world didn't collapse after all!

Will I ever manage to silence her entirely? Probably not, but at least we can live together now. At least I am not afraid of her. At least I know her face, and know when she is active, there's every chance of an exciting change happening!


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At 26/11/06 4:16 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know this nemesis well. She even holds me back from Sunday Scribblings many weeks because I fear that sharing would lead to embarrassment. Perhaps the answer is to turn off the comments so I know she will not contribute?

I know I don't comment here often, but I love reading what you write.

At 26/11/06 5:43 pm, Blogger Crafty Green Poet said...

Excellent post. Love the picture too.

At 26/11/06 5:58 pm, Blogger In Otter Space said...

This is a brillant piece of writing. You are such an elegant writer!

Isn't it something to finally arrive at knowing how to hush her at least for a little while.

Love your soul collage too!

At 26/11/06 6:40 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So true. The inner critic is a real force to be reckoned with!

At 26/11/06 7:42 pm, Blogger Jane Poe (aka Deborah) said...

I just read a similar take on this at ren.kat's site. Very well stated. The challenge is to, as you said, learn to live with her, but not to let her control your actions. much peace, JP

At 26/11/06 10:11 pm, Anonymous tinker said...

Ah! I, too, have had dealings with this archnemesis of creativity, the Inner Critic. You've described her quite well, Imelda - I recognized her immediately!

This Soul Collage card perfectly illustrates the critic's own fears and imperfect advice. *_*

At 26/11/06 10:18 pm, Blogger paris parfait said...

Ah, yes I think our paths may have crossed a time or two. Thank goodness strength and courage usually wins out over this nemesis who curiously favours the status quo. Lovely piece and accompanying image.

At 26/11/06 10:43 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good post, yes. I wonder if you might say something about that interesting picture.

At 27/11/06 4:20 am, Blogger Amber said...

Wonderful writing. I think this nemesis is a bit of a hussy, because she seems to get around some...LOL! I wish it were easy to quiet her down.


At 27/11/06 5:31 am, Blogger Bruja Bella said...

I like the part about the bony finger pointing. I think we all have such a nemesis inside of us and it is wonderful that you have adjusted to living with, and defeating her.

At 27/11/06 6:35 am, Blogger deirdre said...

I think I know her too. I'm glad you've found a way to make her pipe down, even if you haven't silenced her yet.

At 27/11/06 12:08 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're right- I know her! Nice post. . . glad to find your blog.

At 27/11/06 2:05 pm, Blogger GreenishLady said...

Thanks to all for your kind comments. Rethabile asks about the picture that accompanied the post. It's one of my SoulCollage cards. - See a post a short while ago, where I have a slide-show of other cards. My SoulCollage blog is linked in the sidebar (SoulFragments. Anyone interested in learning a little more about the process, please follow the links to and

At 27/11/06 4:22 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We’re all aware of this foe; as
it is no coincidence that most
of us posted about this very nemesis!


At 29/11/06 4:08 am, Anonymous Fran aka Redondowriter said...

Ah, the inner critic strikes again, but you have unmasked her. Ages ago my spiritual director suggested I find an image to portray my IC and I found a photo of James Joyce, who actually looked like my dad when he was young. I made a collage from the image and then began a series of written dialogues with IC, who I named Adolph. Have you named this nemesis?


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