For the past few weeks I had been doing well with my writing. I had finally found the ‘voice’ for one of my protagonists, yet after taking an unscheduled break, I found myself hitting a wall. I had lost my ‘mojo’, and with it my confidence.
I had always believed that what prevented me from writing was fear, yet I could never actually put a finger on what exactly that fear was. What actually prevents me from writing is a lack of confidence – a fear that has always been my life-long battle. It is a difficult one to overcome because it can affect you physically as well as mentally. It has prevented me from doing many things, yet writing and putting my work out there has always remained constant, therefore it is a battle I wish to overcome.
Here are some of the ways I’ve tried to avoid these problems:-
- No-one is going to see what you’ve written first time around. Don’t waste time on getting everything perfect straight away – the important thing is just to write it down.
- Remind yourself that other people have been published. If they can do it, so can you!
- If you have been praised for some of your earlier efforts (preferably by strangers), hold on to that praise – use it to keep you motivated.
- Read about other people’s efforts, whether they be novels, blogs, articles or on social networks. Every writer had to start somewhere – use their successes to help fuel your inspiration.
- Find some good writing quotes and keep them where you can see them – keep your thoughts positive.
- You know as well as I do that there are some books out there that in hindsight could have been a whole lot better. If these books can get published, so can yours. You just need to make sure your work is the best it can be.
- Work on various projects simultaneously – it stops you from going ‘stale’ and keeps you motivated.
- Read books on writing or self-help books, like The Power of Positive Thinking.
- Surround yourself with other writers; get some beta readers, an accountability buddy. Talk about your feelings and your writing. Other writers have been in the same position – listen to their advice.
- Above all else – write! The more you write, the more confident you will become. The only way to get better at something is to keep practicing.
What are some of the ways in which you overcome your fears?