Self-doubt in the writing process

I realized yesterday, that the process of creating a new book is simply the process of believing in yourself and what you have to offer to the world.   It is like a microcosm of the struggle we all feel to believe in our own message enough to send it out into the world.

All of the self-doubt surfaces and the battle begins!   We generally do not doubt that we are here and we have some purpose in being here, but taking that confidence to the next level is the challenge.   We must first believe that we have the life experiences necessary to inform and instruct others through our written articles or books.   Do we have something original and worthwhile to share?   Will others find what we have to say important or useful?

I am in the midst of this struggle right now, and my opinions on this question change almost hourly.   Where do others get so much self-confidence?


About Laura Lee Carter

Laura Lee Carter is the author of this blog and she holds copyright on all materials published.
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3 Responses to Self-doubt in the writing process

  1. I think self-confidence comes with age and experience, Laura. When I was younger, I mostly faked it, determined to at least try things, but never quite sure I knew what I was doing. Gradually, everything from writing to public speaking became easier.

    So my advice is, regardless what you’re hoping to accomplish, give it your best shot. You don’t know what you can do until you try.

  2. Thanks Pat! YOU always come through at the right time for me, and I appreciate that immensely. I started writing my new book in earnest today, and sure enough, the words did come! -Laura Lee

  3. I believe we are born with the innate need and desire to create. We have to remind ourselves, we were born writers. Writing is who we are. When I have to plug my confidence, I have a number of tricks I try. One is to remind myself of past triumphs, including positive comments and encouragement I received along the way…all the times someone said, “Wow, you should write that down…” or the like.

    I also read interviews with other authors who talk about their struggles, their rejections, their own humble beginnings. It reminds me that I’m like them and they are like me. We all have to start somewhere.

    Finally, I encourage other writers as much as I can. I provide support where I can. How could I be doing this unless I was a writer, too? I gain so much from giving that kind of support freely and reminding people of how valuable they are and how important what they have to say really is. I love reminding people that yes, they are writers and yes, they have something to give the world. In telling them, I’m reminding myself…

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