By Ryan Rivera
At some point, most writers feel they are not cut out for this thing they are pursuing. Whether they regard it as their passion or something they’ve always wanted to do, some often feel they do not possess enough skills to produce material that’s worth reading. Self-doubt can be crippling, and writers are not exempt from being bogged down by this feeling. Once it sets in, your vision is clouded with thoughts of inefficiency, not being good enough, and just not being meant to do it. This will hinder you from reaching your maximum potential.
At the same time, you can use it to propel yourself toward improvement. Conquering self-doubt is no easy feat. It comes in bouts, which can be hard to shake off your system. It can be healthy on occasion, if you learn to use it to your advantage. Claim those ill thoughts and unleash your power over them. You must kill it before it kills you.
Don’t think that you’re not good enough or that you’re not doing anything to contribute to society. Writers often experience social anxiety when asked about what they do. The trick is to not listen to these people’s judgments and strengthen your own voice. Show them that while you are not saving the world with your craft, you are offering something beautiful and worth their time. The world could use some words strung together perfectly to brighten up their days or inspire them, so continue with what you are doing and give them just that.
Conquering self-doubt takes time, and every so often, when you are faced with this monster, you can employ some tricks that won’t derail you from working for your dream or passion. Here are some ways through which you can overcome self-doubt:
- Surround yourself with positive people who will motivate you to get better. Don’t waste your time on negative souls who won’t do any good for your self-esteem or self-worth. Find people who will push you to do your best and let you become who you want to be. These people will guide you and show you what you can do.
- Make sure you work to continue to grow. Don’t settle for what you already know or can do. Self-improvement will help you get over thoughts of inferiority. Improve your skills and hone your talent. Hard work will pay off, and it will yield rewards like you’ve never imagined. Just push yourself to do more than what you normally would, and you will see the change in the way you think, and ultimately, in the way you write.
- Don’t get stuck in one writing style or genre. Explore other things and dabble in them. Try your hand at different types of prose and poetry, just to add spice to what you do. You might find that you also have the knack for these other types of literature. If you’ve always written young adult stories, maybe you can try creative non-fiction. See how you will fare in other realms.
- Admit defeat when you don’t succeed. We are all going to fail in some things. But this doesn’t mean we should stop doing what we do. Just work harder and continue to improve your skills, and better things will unfold for you.
Self-doubt can be shaken off, but it can be triggered and could come right back. Learn how you can conquer it and use it to your advantage. Don’t ever stop it from letting you do what you’ve always wanted to do. Use it to become better.
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