Writers, take heart: sometimes even kings can’t escape that dark, doubting voice.
If you’ve read or watched The Lord of the Rings, you might remember Wormtongue. He’s the sniveling character who sits by the throne of Théoden, King of Rohan, and whispers nasty half-truths in his ear.
When the good wizard Gandalf arrives with his magic staff, seeking Rohan’s help, Wormtongue’s convinced Théoden that he’s too old and weak to stand against the evil rising in the East.
In fact, he insists defeat is inevitable — so why try?
Maybe that sounds familiar. Most of us have a little Wormtongue inside our heads.
When you get all pumped up for a new opportunity, he’s the one who squeals, “You can’t do that! What about Obstacle X? Haven’t you even considered Problem Y? Don’t you have Fear Z to worry about?”
You know that in order to reach your dreams, you can’t be listening to him all day.
But how do you fight back?
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