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A new year’s goal is doable IF you are not fighting yourself about doing it, you know working overtime and undercover as your worst enemy. Self-Doubt rising is what it is.
With all the “real” writers around me in the blogosphere, how can I not feel discouraged, sometimes?
And by real writers, I mean those who know how to write, sell and/or collect fans who love their writing. By sell, I mean they make a bit or a lot of money and/or garner a writer reputation. By money, I mean well… you know the stuff you put in the bank so someone else can claim it?
This article from 2012 says to be careful about the “monster hiding under the desk”, and no I’m not talking about Millie this time. The monster is Self-Doubt.
I hear from my monster regularly, because I feed and water him with yummy negative thoughts. Sometimes he gets quite confident, like the other morning when he said about my writing, “This is a bunch of crap.”
My heart skipped beats (in a bad way).
All I said back to Self-Doubt was “Watch your language.” Then I used MY language and wrote a couple of brilliant sentences. And by brilliant I mean they were finger licking good.
IF I licked my fingers, which I do NOT.
I stopped the Monster of Self-Doubt that morning, but I know it’s only temporary. I re-read that article and its five tips at Writer’s Digest.com: How to Conquer Self Doubt and Just Write, but I know that tips cannot make you believe in yourself.
The bottom line is that I want to be like my writer/blogger friends who are good enough writers to be published and who are good looking enough have their photo on the back of a book cover.
I am determined, sort of, that in 2016 I
need to will send out my (edited) stories again (so that I can get
Monster, Monster go away. Ugh.
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