Believing in your abilities as a writer is one of the most important things that you can do as a writer. This will motivate you to get your writing done and be the best writer you can be.
It can be difficult to believe in yourself. There are so many forces telling you that you’re not good enough. Then there is the constant barrage of rejection letters and put downs by editors and other writing peers in writing groups. All of these forces can wreak havoc with your self-confidence as a writer.
Here are a few tips to ensure that you believe in yourself:
1. Be your own spokesperson. Don’t put yourself down in front of other writers or peers. There is nothing that tells others louder that you are unsure of yourself. Instead, be positive about your abilities and compliment yourself in front of others.
2. Watch who you hang around with. Try not to hang around negative, skeptical writers all the time. Instead, find positive people to develop with. There are many positive writers out there. You just have to find them.
3. Carefully choose a critique group so that you can flourish as a writer. Don’t allow others to put you down or say I know better than you. You are just as much a writer as they are! Put downs can have a cumulative on your self-esteem as a writer.
4. Watch what you say to yourself over and over. Try not to say negative things about your abilities or writing to yourself. This can be hard to do sometimes since many of the things you may tell yourself may be unconscious. To become aware of them, you may have to write down every negative thing you say to yourself over a 24 hour period in your writing journal. Then try to replace these negative statements with positive ones. This will help you believe in yourself a lot more.
By trying some or all of these tips, you will start believing in yourself a lot more as a writer. In addition, your writing life will improve and you will enjoy your time at your desk if you are motivated to write. So, it’s a win-win for you if you believe in yourself as a writer.
Do you believe in yourself as a writer? What are some negative things that you say to yourself over and over?
Irene S. Roth