Words that have plagued writers since the first one decided to put pen to paper. I struggle with enormous self-doubt. I’ve yet to get paid for a piece I’ve written. I’ve been published which is a huge accomplishment but not if you want to make a living at it. I’m currently writing a romance/suspense novel and I know that first drafts are mostly crap but I still wonder will anyone want to read this? Will the finished product be good enough? I’ve had enough people tell me I’m a talented writer and I’ve also gotten rejection e-mails and letters. So yes, I know what that feels like to be on the end of you’re not good enough spectrum.
I read something today that said, “it’s not the fear of writing that writers are afraid of. It’s the fear of writing bad.” I find these words to be very true. No one wants to be categorized as a “bad” writer. But what makes someone a “bad” writer? Critics? If no one buys your book? I can think of writers who have written poorly and sold millions of copies and writers whose books were brilliant and whose sales were not so great. I guess what it depends on is if your happy with your work. If you go out there and write your absolute very best then it doesn’t matter how many books you sell. Hopefully you do sell a lot.
I read something else today that said, “Self-doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” These words too, I think, are very true. You can’t let yourself get in the way of your writing. You must set aside those thoughts of self-doubt and self-criticism.
I guess the very best advice I can give you is to ignore the voices in your head that say Am I good enough? Is my writing good enough? Will this sell. And just write.
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