As a writer, do you ever have those moments of weakness when those evil little writer demons whisper self-doubt and sabotaging thoughts in your ear?
It happens to me all the time.
You’re never going to make it.
Will people even care about your characters or the story they have to tell?
If you haven’t been published by now, what makes you think you ever will be?
And this is one of their favorites: Do you really think you’re good enough to compete in this tough market of talented authors?
Stupid Writer Demons!
Seriously though, if you’ve had these same questions floating around your head, stop feeling guilty about them. I believe we all question our abilities at one time or another.
When I go to conferences, I sometimes get the opportunity to meet or hear from some big names. And do you know, most of them have said, like me, they still hear from the writer demons. Even if it’s their thirtieth book, they occasionally worry rather or not their next project will be as good as their last.
As writers, our work is based on creativity. Subjective creativity, I might add. And that equals vulnerability. And of course, vulnerability comes hand in hand with self-doubt and insecurity, hence, giving the cruel little writer demons a place to run amuck.
We’re lucky when it comes to mastering the technique of writing. There are plenty of resources out there to help us improve our craft. There are workshops, books, on-line classes, that teach the skills to become better writers.
However, the creativity comes from within us, our own personal built-in gift to the world. I refuse to let writer demons or anything else take that away from me. I hope you don’t either.
Shut off the negative voices for a while and listen to me instead.
You are talented.
You are creative.
Your story will entertain and delight thousands of readers.
You do have what it takes.
There. Isn’t that better?
So take your hand, swipe that mean little demon off your shoulder, and get to work. That’s what I’m going to do.
Let me leave you with three quotes by Ernest Hemingway, I feel are appropriate for this topic of self-doubt.
“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
“Now is not time to think about what you do not have. Think of what you can do with that there is.”
(And one of my very favorites) “Courage is grace under pressure.”
Remember to DREAM BIG!