Overcoming Self-doubt

Overcoming Self-doubt
March 9, 2016 1 Comment For Authors, Writing Stephanie Ayers

I’ve heard that self-doubt is the author’s biggest enemy. It does create havoc in daily writing. It rears its ugly head in the middle of a great story, reminding you that it’s not worth it and you stink.

It’s not true, but it can be very effective. You have to work through it to get past it, and it’s the same with many fears of writing. Let’s list a few:

  • lack of readership
  • no one likes it
  • it’s already been done, better
  • what people think

These don’t include things like bad description, publisher rejection, etc., but it is pretty inclusive of the inner turmoils we place on ourselves. Writers are a tough crowd! Really! Far tougher on themselves than other writers are, for sure.

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So, how do I power through a self-doubt cycle?

Well, for starters, I power through it. I remind myself that the last time I had self-doubts, my words got a great reception. I might think it’s eh, but others liked it so, I’ll just slough through it…

To the end of the scene.

Interesting how quickly a scene can end when self-doubt creeps in!

My next step is usually to turn to photoshop. Utilizing another creative outlet helps cure the self-doubt.

If it doesn’t? I’m in trouble. I’ll listen to some music, catch a missed show on tv, read another chapter, anything to distract my mind. Eventually, after the kids have gone to bed, and the house is quiet once more, I’ll go back and read what I wrote earlier that day without second guessing myself, or, if it really was garbage, a new idea will spring to mind, and my fingers will fly across the keyboard to get it down.

What do YOU do to cure self-doubt?

Stephanie Ayers A published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is the Executive Creative Director of OWS Ink, LLC, a community for writers and readers alike. She loves a good thriller, fairies, things that go bump in the night, and sappy stories. When she is not writing, she can be found in Creative Cloud designing book covers and promotional graphics for authors.
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    Brigid Gorry-Hines

    Good advice! I go through a lot of self-doubt, but most of the time I just power through it. If I let it control me, I know I’ll never get any work done. I always try to remind myself that if I don’t like something, I can always fix it later––and every day, I’m practicing and improving. 🙂


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