Bold. Calculated. Fearless.
These are often characteristics found in individuals and writers who are confident. It’s not easy. Putting yourself out there and being as experimental as possible in writing is a scary feat to accomplish.
I always just presumed that confidence is something you can wing. Fake it until you make it, right?
But, I’m not so sure that actually works. What I have come to understand is that it is crucial for any writer who wants to start a novel to be confident from the get go. You cannot afford to let a lack of self esteem hold you back because if you do, it’s highly likely you won’t write.
There were times when I doubted my abilities and it often resulted in me trashing my work or deleting it altogether.
Eh! It sucks!
However, why bother so much? If you want to write and you’re unsure if people would accept it or not, write anyway! If they don’t accept, too bad. We’ll try again! If they accept your work, you gain a ton. The only scenario where you lose is if you don’t even try.
I read a quote recently and it said, “You either win or you learn. Failure does not measure into the equation unless you quit.”
It’s so damn true. This morning I fired up my laptop, opened my book and read the few pages I wrote yesterday. I didn’t like what I wrote and started to feel as if maybe I’m not cut out to write an epic adventure novel. There’s so many elements that goes into writing a solid story and I didn’t feel like I was confident enough to do it.
I could have quit but it would have been a waste of my time to quit!
So, I just decided to use the tools in my arsenal and write as best as I could today.
That’s the trick. Just write for today.
Don’t think about whether the next 10 chapters are going to be insanely entertaining. Focus on making today’s chapter as interesting and exciting as possible and the rest will follow when the time arrives.
In time, I’m sure my confidence will increase. Look, challenges are what makes us stronger. Every time we write, we’re getting stronger and better.
Let’s just write and forget about all those insecurities.
The story I’m working on is called INFINITY and I’m truly excited to share it with you as soon as it’s done. The ideas for this story is terrific. I’m hoping the execution is on point and everything comes together properly.
Keep on keeping on, fellow writers and authors!