Writing was “just a battle of self-consciousness.”
In a PBS NewsHour episode, Tom Hanks spoke with Jeffrey Brown about writing his first book – a “collection of 17 short stories, mostly about people seeking connections of one kind or another.”
Tom Hanks: Once I could get involved in the individual stories, then [my eyes] sort of roll up in the back of the head, just like it is in performing, and out it comes.
But getting to that point where the eyes roll into the back of the head, that’s just a battle of self-consciousness.
Jeffrey Brown: But self-consciousness as in, hey, I’m an actor trying to write, or this isn’t my medium, or…
Tom Hanks: How about all those things? Plus a few other things, such as, have I really thought this out?
You put it on your laptop, or you make notes, you say, well, gee, it looks like notes, you know? It looks like a paragraph. It’s about as long as a paragraph should be, but is it really saying anything?
From Tom Hanks on the ‘high wire act’ of writing, PBS Oct 25, 2017.
Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks.
The self-consciousness related thoughts that Hanks mentions reminds me of inner critic dialogues we may have as creative people – see my article:
How does our critical inner dialogue affect our creativity, self confidence and other parts of our life?
Can we learn to change our self-limiting inner critical voice and use more supportive thoughts to motivate ourselves and improve low self esteem?
* Elizabeth Gilbert talks about blind spots and self-compassion.
* Tara Mohr talks about our inner critic vs being realistic, and how to “banish that critical voice in your head.”
* Author Michael Singer says spiritual growth can begin by silencing the negative thoughts in our minds.
* See article for much more, including videos.