Where I’m at Wednesday June 4, 2014
I am still plugging away simultaneously on chapters 23, 24, and 25 . Now that it’s June, panic has become a reality. A flame under my britches might get things moving faster! But, I must keep calm and stay focused.
Will people be upset with me if I don’t finish on time? J.K. Rowling took two years in between each novel. LOL! No worries. . . I’ll finish. 🙂
You’re not good enough.
The story sucks.
No one will ever read it.
You might as well give up.
You’re not qualified.
For years, I have heard these whispers in my ears and many many more.
Self-doubt can be the killer of ideas, the defeater of goals, and vanquisher of dreams. We all suffer from it. If you Google: “Famous people suffering with self-doubt”, you’d be amazed how many actors, writers, artist, and politicians suffer with it on a day-to-day basis.
After extensive research on the subject from tipsters to psychologists, self-doubt is a REAL issue that needs to be identified and stamped out.
As human beings we naturally lean toward the negative; somehow it makes sense to us. Let’s face it, the world can be a negative place—just turn on the news and watch it for ten minutes. Our minds tend to remember the bad stuff verses the good. Why? I don’t know. We just do.
In dealing with self-doubt you need to take control before it controls you.
First off, identify your doubt or insecurities. For every negative message you hear, try countering it with something positive. Recently, I read an article about a young actor who wrote inspiring messages to himself on sticky-notes. Then he plastered them to a wall. Anytime he’d feel insecure or doubt, he would read each sticky-note.
My own vortex of self-doubt whirled me into believing my story was no good. I am glad to say that it never stopped me from writing; in fact it compelled me to finish each book. I was ashamed of my first novel, thinking it was horrible. That’s why it went from printer to box, and never moved. Last year, I dug it out and read the entire 100,000-word novel in one night. I thought, “Hey, it’s not that bad.”
If you struggle with self-doubt, you are not alone. But please don’t surrender to it and give up. Your decisions now can compel you further, or cause a lifetime of regret
Take care my friends