Are you doubting yourself as a writer? There must be something in the air. This week I chatted with two writers who were trapped in the misery of self-doubt.
Consider this quote:
“Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.”
“Writing is an ACT of faith…”
The operative word is ACT. Put your rear end in a chair. Write. Writing is always discovery. You will never translate what’s in your head via your fingertips to the screen, much less to your readers. But you’ll write something.
Here’s the problem. Your expectations of what your writing should be get in your way. Consider this, if you already know what your writing should be, you’ve just slammed the door on what your writing may be.
What you write is just what you write, on a particular day
Accept the reality of “shitty” first drafts.
Something else to consider. The part of you that’s doubtful, and complains, is NOT the part of you which writes. It just gets in the way.
All writers have doubts. They learn to ignore them, and concentrate on writing. When you’re writing, you’re choosing words and ideas, and deciding. It’s an active process, and it’s based on your faith that what you need will come to you.
Put your doubts on paper
If you’re doubting yourself, write down your doubts. Writing things down is always important; defining a problem is the first step in solving it.
Next, list your strengths
Yes, you have strengths. 🙂 List them. Write down your accomplishments.
What three good things happened today?
When you doubt yourself, you lose confidence. We forget that good things happen, and that we all have lots to be grateful for.
Try this practice; it’s a variation on a gratitude journal. Each day, list three good things which happened. Even on your worst day, you can find three good things. This helps you to focus on the positives, and makes you stronger. Your self-doubts will fade.
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