She describes a coping mechanism she's developed to silence the voices that hinder her writing--the things that fill her with doubt and insecurity and guilt and keep her from getting any words on paper. She imagines them as a tiny, squeaking mouse, and pretends that she's locked them away in mason jars, so they can't hassle her anymore. By picturing it as something silly and harmless, she's able to ignore it and move past it. And I've decided that I'm going to give it a try.
You are nothing more than a silly little mouse, and I'm going to lock you away in a jar and ignore you. I have much more important things to do with my time than let you control me. I'm shoving you aside so I can do what I really need: write.
No fear. No doubt. No drama. I'm putting everything else away and leaving just the the reason I do this: my love of telling stories. The rest is just a trapped, squeaking mouse. And you know what? I actually feel a little better, and I feel like doing something I haven't done in way too long:
Writing for FUN!
What about you guys--anything you want to lock away in a mason jar?
*holds out empty jar in the comments section*