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Hey YA Bookcasers,
We all know how anxiety-ridden the world of writing can be. As soon as you shove your work out into the query trenches, on sub, upload to self-publish, send to Betas or critique partners, you’re basically throwing a piece of yourself out there to be either accepted or rejected. But guess what? That’s okay. You know why? Because every single reply you get will teach you something. It’ll teach you to either a) celebrate when you know you’ve done something right, b) consider critical feedback in order to improve, or c) learn how to sift out information that just doesn’t work for you.
Easier said than done, right? Actually, just recently, I’ve started to think not. There seems to be this swirling mass of anxiety in the writing community, and I don’t think there needs to be. If you look at some of the most successful people in the world, many say the same thing: they believed in themselves.
I know some of you are thinking “yeah, but all I get is no, and if I hear no one more time then I’ll buckle.” However, I say change it around. I say get jazzed when you’re about to write. Say to yourself you’re the best writer for your story. If you have nagging doubt, watch an inspiring “how to be successful” video (I know it sounds cheesy, but it does really work). They get your adrenalin pumping. Then you can hit the page with sheer excitement because you just know you can do this.
Have you ever gone to a conference, watched a video, read a book, or seen a motivational speech and left with the feeling of “yeah, I can do this” only for it to deflate over time or when you get a no? For me, the moment I get a no, or when time is passing and my confidence flags, do you know what I do? You got it, replay something motivational immediately. Lift myself up. Then write like the wind when I get that pumped up feeling.
For me, that’s how I write confidently. Whatever your goal in writing, use the tools around you to boost you up. Block out everything but the present moment.
I hope this helps and I’ll see you next post!