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The Inner Mean Girl Channeling R. Lee Ermey

This isn’t about mean girls.

Yet somehow, it is.

Today I wrote a guest post for The Red Dress Club, the online writer’s group that inspired me to first talk about my experiences.

It’s about a writer’s “inner voice”, but it can apply to anything in our lives.

My loud voice resembles R. Lee Ermey, from Full Metal Jacket, telling me how worthless I am. How worthless my writing is. He’s hard to ignore until I (or a writing buddy) pull out the duct tape.

But my quiet one laughs at me. It teases me. It tries to beat me down.

It sounds just like a Mean Girl.

Maybe that’s why I can ignore it and write over the giggles and taunts.

My thick skin developed years ago can be bruised, but not broken.

Not anymore.

Don’t let the voices in your head silence you either, even if you have to write anonymously.

I’d love to share your story here.

Thank you to everyone who has shared or submitted one so far. I can’t keep this site alive without you.

You can read my guest post here: The Inner Voice.


About Kelly K @ Dances with Chaos

Kelly K has learned the five steps to surviving of motherhood: 1) Don't get mad. Grab your camera. 2) Take a photograph. 3) Blog about it. 4) Laugh. 5) Repeat. She shares these tales at Dances with Chaos in order to preserve what tiny amount of sanity remains. You can also find her on her sister blog, Writing with Chaos (www.writingwithchaos.com) sharing memoir and engaging in her true love: fiction writing. It's cheaper than therapy.


12 thoughts on “The Inner Mean Girl Channeling R. Lee Ermey

  1. I have an inner mean voice who over analyzes every interaction I make after I have been out with people in a social situation. The inner voice says you are being too bossy, too braggy, too loud.

    Posted by Lisa S. | June 23, 2011, 11:34 PM
    • It’s funny, because I’ve beaten my inner mean girl into submission – something I have the Mean Girls in my life to thank for.

      Unless it’s about something very close to my heart, such as mother’s guilt/failure or my writing.

      Then she still has power and I require duct tape or support.

      Thank you for commenting and stopping by.

      Posted by Kelly K @ Dances with Chaos | June 24, 2011, 10:53 AM
  2. I think we all have an “inner mean voice”. We are our own toughest critic sometimes. I like the meaning of this site!

    Posted by Runnermom-jen | June 24, 2011, 10:33 AM
  3. Hey! I found you on the Lets Bee Friends hop and I’m so glad I did! This is SUCH a cool site! You totally nailed something that so many of us girls experience. Great post.

    Posted by Hillary | June 24, 2011, 12:38 PM
  4. You’re doing great this with this site kelly and your post at TRDC was tremendous

    Posted by multitaskingmumma | June 24, 2011, 3:02 PM
  5. I had no idea you had this other blog! Added you to my feed!

    Posted by bruna myers | June 24, 2011, 4:37 PM
  6. Love it! Stopping by from the Let’s BEE friends link up. I just got out of a long rut and realized I had to shut off the Mean Girl voice. It can be a strong and powerful one, that’s for sure. The key is to not let it over-power us!

    Posted by Lanae | June 24, 2011, 6:46 PM

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