This morning I skimmed the "Week 1" chapter of the Artist's Way. It's all about how to face and then banish your inner critic. One of the exercises it said to do was say aloud, "I, YOUR NAME, am a prolific [ARTIST, WRITER, PAINTER, etc.]. I read it and kind of scoffed. What would that do? So I said, "I Christine am a prolific writer."
Before I could get prolific out, my inner critic flared, prolific? Ha! (Even though TheRepeater so kindly called me just that on this here blog a little while back.) Then the nicer part of me said, I do write a lot--3 morning pages, blogging, short stories, and essays. Not to mention the journalistic writing I do for pay. And the critic countered, "Yeah, but you haven't published any of your so-called creative writing." He had me there. Yes, I know that getting published is not a prereq for calling oneself a prolific writer, but it sure would be a nice way to prove it to myself.
Needless to say, I will whole-heartedly be doing the exercises about writing down positive affirmations repeatedly.