Some days the story almost writes itself, doesn’t it? So, how can a writer keep and grow the writing confidence that feeds success?
Maintain Your Writing Confidence
- Dismiss the chattering, critical interior back-monkey. Your deep interest in the work is a great sign of talent. Just keep an open mind to adding new skills.
- Relax in the company of writers you admire (I spend a lot of time with PG Wodehouse, although he passed on some time ago.) All of them had to maintain confidence in themselves.
- Still feeling unmotivated? Get some rather thrilling goals going. Go for a walk and imagine the shelf of books, the acceptance speech, the book cover, the lovely review, the cheque.
You have the aptitude, or you wouldn’t want to take the time to do the work. As for outside critics, it may be worth keeping in mind what Anthony Hopkins said.
“It’s none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am, and I do what I do.”
I hope you’ll have another successful week in your writing career.
There’s a new Stella Ryman book in town: The Labours of Mrs Stella Ryman.
Mel Anastasiou writes The Fairmount Manor Mysteries series, starring Mrs Stella Ryman, The Hertfordshire Pub Mysteries series, starring Spencer Stevens, and the Monument Studios Mysteries starring Frankie Ray as The Extra. Mel is Senior Acquisitions Editor with Pulp Literature Press.
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