February Killing Critical Voice

Learning How To Control or Kill Your Critical Voice


Critical voice is a natural part of who we all are. It was trained into us by parents and teachers at a very early age. Its job is to stop us, keep us "safe" in life. Critical voice is the voice that tells you to not put your hand on a hot stove, to not step into a street without looking, to not jump out of planes without training.

But in writing, there is nothing to fear, nothing that can hurt you. But your critical voice (because of all the myths and bad information around the art of fiction writing) manages to stop you over and over again.

Or even worse, makes your fiction dull and "safe" because it won't bother anyone then. And, of course, it also won't sell.

The insecurity of early-stage writers is a breeding ground for the critical voice.

Long term professional fiction writers have banished the critical voice early in their careers. But this critical voice is what is responsible for stopping almost all early-stage writers.

Critical voice kills dreams, your dreams.

Critical voice makes you afraid when there is nothing to be afraid of.

This workshop will work on first understanding what causes critical voice, how to recognize it, tell it apart from your creative voice, and then the workshop will give you fighting techniques to beat back and defeat critical voice.

If you don't think your writing is good enough, if you get stuck halfway through stories or novels, if you are afraid to get your work out, if writing is not fun anymore, this is the class for you.

Critical voice can be beat. It can be cleared out. But you have to know how to fight the battle and how it sneaks up on you.

I am not sure why we haven't done this workshop before now.

Your Instructor

Dean Wesley Smith
Dean Wesley Smith

With over twenty-three million copies of his books in print, USA Today bestselling writer Dean Wesley Smith now brings you original fiction every month for the past three years in his own magazine, Smith’s Monthly.

Dean wrote over twenty-five original Star Trek novels, the only two original Men in Black novels, plus Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man novels, and others. He wrote many gaming novels including Final Fantasy.

He wrote novels and stories under almost fifty pen names and did scripts for Hollywood as well as being an editor for various magazines. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife, writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch. You can follow his writing life at www.deanwesleysmith.com

Course Curriculum

  Introduction to Killing the Critical Voice Workshop.
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
For lectures and classic workshops, the course starts now and stays on your dashboard for as long as you like! They are completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. For the monthly regular workshops, each has a start date and each week's lectures will appear on the same day. After the course is finished it will remain on your dashboard for as long as you like.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
How do I contact someone about the course?
If you have any questions at all about anything in a course, simply email Dean with the word "workshop" in the subject line. His email is [email protected]

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