Hi all! Before I go into the post proper, I just want to announce the winner of Monarch by Michelle Davidson Argyle. And the winner as chosen by Random.org is…
And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
I recently rejoined a writers forum that I belonged to just before I started blogging. I don’t do the public posting of my writing for critiques thing, though, so I usually dig through the threads looking for something that I can reply to.
One of the threads was created by a new writer who lamented her inexperience. She described how happy she was in outlining the plot for an idea she had and how excited she was about it. Then she had to do a project for school where she wrote about J.K. Rowling. When she got back to her own work, she was hit by a mountain of self-doubt. Nothing looked good enough. Why?
Because she convinced herself that her book will never become the next Harry Potter.
She found out the hard way why self doubt is creativity’s worst enemy. It’s like a weed that chokes out creativity with discouragement. Because lets face it. If the book isn’t going to be as good as you want it to be, what’s the point of starting?
This is such a destructive and unnecessary thinking pattern, because for all we know, that girl’s book might just become something worth reading. She needs to give her idea a chance to survive.
All writers are hit by doubts, but we have to keep going, or else nothing would get written. Here’s what I think once my self-doubt starts gunning for me.
J.K. Rowling probably had a ton of doubts too. She just cared enough for her idea to work through it.
Doubt does not go away because you constantly try to fix every single thing you’ve written. It goes away when you realize that what you’ve written is good enough. For now.
Self-doubt can make for one awesome editor if you starve it for long enough. Keep writing.
Maybe it’s time to take a leap of faith. Maybe your idea isn’t the next Harry Potter. Twilight wasn’t either. Stop comparing and break some boundaries.
Last but not least: No matter how good you are, you can’t fix what isn’t written.
Anyone else got hit by self-doubt lately? If you’re an old hand at writing, how do you get yourself out of the self-doubt rut? If you’re new, are you dealing with it alright? How do you escape your doubts?