We all need a shot in the arm these days, especially to believe in our writing. I don’t know why, but for some reason, writers are the most anxious, doubt-filled people around. They just do not believe in themselves.
I have always had doubts, I freely admit it. But today, let’s look at some good ways to overcome them.
How to believe in our writing
Apparently, doubt and anxiety are norms for humans these days. Everyone has some form of it, so don’t think you are alone. You are not. And believe me, this is not an exhaustive list of ways to combat it.
- Move away from the book – sometimes the only way to get our book into perspective is to step away from it. If you are having trouble seeing the forest for the trees, then take a break and let it rest for a while.
- Find inspiration in something – while you are on this little break from book-land, check out some patrons at your local book store, restaurant, or sports bar. People will get your creativity flowing by the way they act, what they say, who they are with. If nothing else, the way they dance when drunk will be a good laugh for you for a change.
- Ask someone else for perspective – this is a tricky one, but you can always ask someone else (family or friend) if what you have written is crapola. They will usually be honest, and if not, make them be honest. Tell them you really need an honest review. If they won’t commit, then find someone that doesn’t have a personal interest in you and your work. Everyone has opinions, just ask.
There are way more ideas floating around out there to stop the doubt demon that we all face, these are simple and few. Try to come up with your own list!