5 Ways to Defeat Self-Doubt for Authors

3 Oct, 2017 Panic and Anxiety,Personal Development,Self Improvement

Self-doubt plagues even the most confident writers. In today’s Digital Age, when we’re so easily exposed to the opinions and judgments of others, it can become difficult not to let it affect our own self-perception.

As a writer and author, self-doubt can be a huge obstacle in the creative process. Not only can it impede output, but also the quality of your writing.

To get your book OUT of your head and ON to paper, authors have to defeat self-doubt and focus on stepping into their greatness.

1. Find your people.

Surround yourself with positive people who want to lift you up, not tear you down. Have you ever met someone who inspired you to be better, just based off their good energy and emotions? Those are exactly the kind of people you want in your inner circle.

“Book Bound By The Sea” is community of like-minded authors (and soon-to-be-authors!) who come together to support, motivate and encourage others to share their stories with the world.

Ask any “Book Bounder, ” and they’ll tell you the people are the best reason to come to “Book Bound.” Positive influences will reinforce your trust and belief in your writing.

2. Always keep learning.

You may be an expert in your field, but learning something new, even if it is totally unrelated to your industry can change your perspective and provide you new, valuable skills.

What is an area you’d like to improve or learn more information about? Consider how:

  • A sewing class could teach you more patience, which can then be reflected in your writing.
  • Trying a new recipe can inspire creativity.
  • Picking up a new sport can improve commitment.
  • Reading a new book can change your perspective.

Learning a new skill or gaining a fresh perspective will not only add a new layer of credibility to your “repertoire” but will also increase confidence in your abilities.

3. Write for yourself, first.

Writing doesn’t always come easily, but it’s not skill that makes a great writer; it is desire and determination. Your motivation for writing or your “why” will influence how successful you are in writing your book.

For example, if you write for others, to impress or please them, you will be unsuccessful. Remove your ego from your writing and write for yourself, first.

Write with compassion and honesty and your message will inherently shine through. When you write, avoid judging your writing too critically, instead focus on evaluating your strengths and weaknesses to understand how you can become a better writer.

4. Don’t compare.

Everyone is on their own personal journey — no two paths are the same! For me, I am most confident when I focus solely on my path, without comparison to others.

That’s not to say I don’t find inspiration in the success of others- of course, I do! When I see my mentors, peers and those that inspire me succeed, I feel motivated and excited for the possibilities of what I, too, can accomplish!

Comparison is the thief of joy — you have your own unique story to share with the world.

5. Use positive affirmations.

Choose to be happy, choose to be confident and choose to believe in yourself.

Positive affirmations are short words or phrases that encompass a feeling or goal you wish to achieve. For example, “I am ease” or “I am joy.”

Learn more about positive affirmations here.

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You have a story to share with the world and “Book Bound” will help you get it into the hands of those who need it most.

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5 Ways to Defeat Self-Doubt for Authors
Self-doubt plagues even the most confident writers. Find out 5 ways to defeat self-doubt for authors and not to let it affect our own self-perception.

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