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Author Toolbox Blog Hop: Dealing With Self Doubt

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*This post is part of the #authortoolboxbloghop

I’m yet to meet a writer who hasn’t experienced some sort of self doubt. Am I good enough? Is my story original? Doubting yourself is natural, especially when you have poured your heart and soul into your writing. We all want our work to be appreciated and enjoyed, no matter what our medium.

I am here to tell you five important points that I want you to remember:

1. No one can write your story, but you. Your originality will translate if you let it. Don’t compare yourself to others, because you can never be them, nor they you.

2. Consistency, hard work, and perseverance are the best traits to have for success. As long as you produce something that you are proud of, then you have already won.

3. There isn’t a right or wrong way to write. Some writers plan every detail, some are pantsers. Some writers produce a first draft in one month, some two years. Do what works for you.

4. Even the most revered authors get crappy reviews. JK Rowling has 1* reviews for Harry Potter on Goodreads. You can’t please everyone, and to be honest, you shouldn’t try to. Taste is subjective.

5. Finally, writing is not a competition. When writers stop competing and start boosting each other, then we can finally see how unique and individual everyone’s process and story is.

That last point is why I signed up for #authortoolboxbloghop. I love the idea of writers producing content to help each other and encourage each other.

Self doubt is natural, but surround yourself with people and resources to give you the strength to keep plodding on with your story.


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25 thoughts on “Author Toolbox Blog Hop: Dealing With Self Doubt”

  1. I wish I had read this last night, because I was so nervous about posting my latest blog post! πŸ™‚ Also, I think what you said about not trying to please everyone is such great advice. Will add this to my facebook schedule, too. πŸ™‚

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  2. Self doubt is a thing… WOW. Everyone deals with it in some way shape or form. And I had no idea that someone (clearly someone I would never get along with) gave JK Rowlings a 1 star review? Wow! That totally just made me feel so much better! Thanks! πŸ™‚

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  3. Self doubt is part of being a writer for sure (at least for some). All of your points are very true. A friend of mine says ‘eyes on my own paper’ as a way to combat the comparison game we can sometimes play when looking at the successes (as we perceive them) of others and wondering why not me. Great post.

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  4. Yay for mental health awareness for creatives! As part of my “Writing inspiration” board on my Pinterest, I have sections specifically for “Motivation for writers” and “Being a writer” because it’s good for me to get reminders in my feed about how I’m not alone in this struggle, that I need to take a breath, it’s going to be okay.
    A piece of advice that stuck with me about doubt: if you’re nervous when you go to submit something (a blog post, a manuscript submission, a tweet), it means you’ve put a part of yourself into the work. If you aren’t nervous, something’s missing. This helps me deal with nerves when putting my work out there: I’m *supposed* to be nervous!
    Thanks so much for sharing! Great post πŸ™‚

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  5. These are really important reminders. Thanks for sharing. Self-doubt can be so overwhelming, and even when you feel like you’ve beaten it, it finds another crack to try and get in. Best wishes, and thanks again!

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  6. Self-doubt is so damaging to our creative minds, yet we all have it. I love your advice about not competing with other authors. We don’t need to compete. Their journey is not to be our journey. Great post!

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  7. Totally agree. Consistency is the biggest one for me. I know this now. My self-doubt comes whenever someone asks me whether I’m still writing. As if, they haven’t seen my novel in stores, therefore I must have stopped. When someone asks me that, I want to say that I am and be honest about it. That interaction gives me hope, because I know I’m still working. Whether I’m still writing is the only metric I measure myself on.

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  8. I feel like this is definitely important advice to read, especially when just starting out. I’ve gotten to the point where I get rejections for queries/short story submissions, and it can really lower self-esteem and make you question if you’re really cut out for the gig. This was great to read for this early period in my career! https://bit.ly/30nJRbv

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