It is important as writers that we always avoid being negative with
ourselves. One of the most prominent ways that writers are negative is by
partaking in negative self-talk.
Negative self-talk are those negative things that we tell ourselves about our
writing. It usually takes the form, I can’t, I won’t, I don’t think I can. These
ways of talking to ourselves about our craft is very damaging to our self-
confidence and self-acceptance as a writer.
We cannot accept ourselves unconditionally as a writer if we continuously
tell ourselves negative things about our abilities as a writer. In order to be self-
confident, we must instead say positive things about our craft and our ability to
Sometimes, the NaNoWriMo can bring up all of these negative statements
and we could find repeating them over and over. The first time I participated in
the NaNoWriMo, I kept repeating the following negative things to myself:
1. I can’t write 50,000 words in a month;
2. This challenge is only for a seasoned writer I am a beginner;
3. I can’t write every day;
4. I can’t compete with some of the best writers out there;
5. I can’t write well;
6. No one will want to read my stuff;
7. I can’t do this;
8. I will quit midway just when it gets really difficult.
The interesting thing fellow writers is that I DIDN’T quit. I completed the
challenge, but I revised the word count a bit. I did manage to finish most of my
novel-I wrote 35,000 words. And it took me another week to finish up the
So, all of these negative things that I kept repeating over and over were
wrong and misplaced. All they did was make me feel bad and inept. But that
was the farthest from the truth.
So, fellow writers, no matter if you are a seasoned writer or a beginner,
ENJOY the NaNoWriMo in July. And don’t engage in negative self-talk. Just go
with the flow, and be proud of yourself for participating in this competition.