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 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 gravitate toward negativity. It somehow makes sense to us. Let’s face it; the world can be a negative place. Watch the news for ten minutes! Our minds will remember the bad stuff over 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 plastered them on a wall. Anytime he felt insecure or doubt, he’d read each, uplifting message.
My own vortex of self-doubt whirled me into believing that my story wasn’t good. I am glad to say, it has never stopped me from writing. Although, I will admit, I was ashamed of my first novel. It went from the printer, to a box, and never moved. Last year, I dug it out, and read the entire 90,000+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 give up. Your decision(s) can either compel you further, or cause a lifetime of regret.
Take care my friends 🙂
Opening lines are meant to engage people into desiring more. Many well-known authors strive for the juiciest hooks to lure readers. Even agents can judge a story’s potential from the introduction. Here are some examples of opening lines:
In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting.
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were being scrutinized and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinize the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.
War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
Like the brief doomed flare of exploding suns that registers dimly on blind men’s eyes, the beginning of the horror passed almost unnoticed; in the shriek of what followed, in fact, was forgotten and perhaps not connected to the horror at all.
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts,for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living.
2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
When writing your story, keep in mind to start-out strong. You have the potential to grip an audience with the very first sentence.
Good luck and take care my friends