Whether you're a fledgling or twenty years in, doubt can get the best of any writer. In this post, we'll discuss five practical ways to overcome writer's doubt.
Your intentions might be phrases like “I write even when I'm afraid”, “I write even when I don't feel like it” or “I write out of curiosity, not perfectionism.”
Knowing what sort of writer you want to be will help relieve your doubts because you control how you want to show up.
If you have yet to share your work with others, take the time to compare your first writing attempts with where you are now. Note how much you've improved. Does your dialogue sound more natural now? Are your characters more believable? Is your plot and pacing tighter?
Reflecting on how your writing has strengthened will give you proof that you can keep growing as a writer and will help soothe growing doubts.
Go into as much detail as you need to bring your biggest cheerleader to life. Writing through doubt becomes easier when you know that one person absolutely needs to read your story.
To take an inspiring break, you could try read a passage from your favourite book or watch parts of your favourite film. Go for a walk with nowhere in mind or try immersing yourself with art at your local gallery. Try become interested in a project someone close to you is working on, or find inspiration in the success of other writers. Do whatever you need to do until the gravity of writing pulls you back towards your desk.
Creative sprints could be:
You can also soothe your writer's doubt by developing a writing habit.
For more writing tips, check out our Top Tips for New Authors.