I’m running a day late on this one. I guess my brain had a malfunction and I forgot I needed to post yesterday!
Believe in yourself, your writing, and talent. Self-confidence runs hand in hand with courage. Being an extrovert, one would think self-confidence is a given, but trust me it’s most definitely not. I second guess myself constantly. It was not until recently, specifically after publishing my first book, that I really began to believe in myself as a writer.
Writing is different than just being a self-confident person. On a typical day, I’m a confident, strong (sometimes bossy) person, but when it came to writing, I was scared and nervous. Writing is scary. We spend countless hours on a project pouring our hearts and souls onto a page, then sending that work out into the world for praise and criticism. It’s scary… but so liberating.
After publishing Dissonance and receiving feedback from readers, things changed. I don’t worry about what people will think about my writing, I don’t even worry about that first bad review (because I know one will appear eventually). I know I have fans and I believe in my own talent. I have come to enjoy sending my work out to let people read.
That’s not to say once I get back to writing Reverie that I won’t be scared shit-less to hand it off to beta readers or publish it. Because I guarantee I will frightened and worried that book two will not live up to everyone’s expectations, but that’s a worry for another day. The draft has to be completed first. 🙂
Look for tomorrow’s A to Z Challenge post – Creativity