Episode 01: The Inner Critic


Show Notes for Episode 01: The Inner Critic

Alone in a Room with Invisible People is a podcast focusing on topics related to writing, revising and publishing fiction.

In this episode, host Rebecca Galardo discusses the topic of The Inner Critic with Author and Teacher Holly Lisle.  They cover how the Inner Critic is both harmful and helpful, how to use it to your benefit and also how to shut it off when you need to be focusing on your muse.

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*We plan to have Holly’s audio fixed in episode 02 and on.

Mentioned in the Podcast

Holly’s Sonnets – The first fiction she’s ever sold: To an Android Lover and Pensive Ruminations on Impermanence in a Technophilic World



Credits: Producer – Rebecca Galardo.  Sponsor – Holly’sWritingClasses.com.  Intro written by Holly Lisle and performed by Mark Hermann. Our podcast is 100% free and sponsored only by Holly’s Writing Classes.

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10 thoughts on “Episode 01: The Inner Critic”

  1. I love this idea and think it’s a great one. It’s fun to listen to you both. Keep it up. 🙂

    P.S. I don’t mind swearing. I don’t even notice it.

  2. Loved the first lesson! Great idea! A little lengthier than I prefer for a podcast, but that could just be me – a person with a real 9 to 5 job and then also trying to write as a career during evenings and weekends. Great content. Great chemistry. Can’t wait for future episodes!

  3. Adding this to my list of podcasts to listen to on my drives to work. Good job you two 😀 Looking forward to the next one.

  4. I’m so excited for this podcast! You provide a unique perspective from two very different seasons of your career, and that’s something I haven’t really seen in other podcasts. I’ve been a big fan since 2006, and your blog, courses, and books (I don’t own all of them yet, but I’m slowly collecting them as funds allow) are my inspiration to write and get published (preferably with enough income to give Dear Hubby the freedom to start his own business).

    In short, I’m excited to have another way to support what you do, and I love hearing from both of you. I know that you will inspire others like you’ve inspired me, and I hope this podcast reaches all the people that need to hear what you have to say. 🙂

    My only critique would be that I have to be careful when and where I listen to the podcast. As a stay-at-home mom of 4 kids 6 and under, I always have to think about when young ears are listening. You know what I mean. 😉

    I’ll definitely be leaving a review on iTunes, and I’m looking forward to the next episode. 🙂 Thank you for all your dedication and work for those of us wanting to learn. 🙂

  5. This podcast was absolutely fantastic! So many writing podcasts are so UNinspiring to me because they talk too much about “you must do X to make your story better” OR “readers aren’t enjoying your story because of Y, you must do Z instead”. I was super excited — practically jumping up and down on the bus — to hear Rebecca and Holly’s voices nurturing the part of me that wants to write and offering suggestions on keeping the inner critic in his proper place.

  6. QUESTION: What do you do when you find the inner critic is ruining your enjoyment not just of writing but reading too? Since I started getting serious about writing, I’ve found it more difficult to enjoy reading because there’s always a voice in my head telling me I could never write such good prose, or come up with such an interesting character, etc.

    Any tips on that? I have found it helps to read out of the genres I write in (less likely to draw comparisons), or to read page-turning thrillers (no time for inner critic to get involved). But I can’t do that forever.

      1. Thanks so much for answering my question — and taking a whole mini-episode to do it! That was amazing! Very honest discussion and helpful advice. I’m definitely going to save that podcast on my phone and listen to it whenever I need a boost!

  7. This is fantastic! I have this developed vision of both my muse and my critic thanks to some of Holly’s classes. There have been so many times when the six year old in the fairy dress has had to say “This is my mud pie. You can turn it into a frilly fancy cake LATER!”

    1. I can’t even tell my 6 year old it will be a frilly fancy cake later sometimes LOL! She’d have a fit 😉

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