Believing In Your Own Abilities

In my previous post, Becoming the Writer, I listed 5 things needed to really become the writer you’ve always wanted to be.  Now, keep in mind, these are just my opinion and higher authorities might not feel the same as I.  However, the one thing I really want to cover in this post is #5 tip on the last one.  Believing in yourself.

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I know I placed it at the bottom of the list, but this is the one thing I think should be the most important.  As a writer, it’s important to believe in your own skills and abilities.  How do I know this? Because I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum.  At one point, I was having a lot of success with my writing career.  I was ghost writing for about half a dozen bloggers, I was writing for the best blogging community online, and I was keeping up with my own blogs at the same time.  Then life stepped in and I lost it all.

For reasons I won’t get into here, I had to walk away from the writing community for more than 2 years.  In an attempt to get back into the swing of things, I found it hard to find my way around.  I felt like I didn’t belong there anymore and that the writing industry was too far out of my reach to get it back.  I had lost the ability to believe in myself.

I chalked it up to writer’s block, but I knew in my heart it was more than that.  There was so much doubt in my mind that it crippled me.  I’d lost the will to write anymore, simply because I didn’t think I’d be good enough.  It was the worst feeling in the world for me.  I nearly gave it all up right then and there.  Then, one night while trying to sleep, something came over me.  I had the idea for the beginning of a story and I couldn’t sleep until I’d gotten the image out of my head and into my computer.  It was just what I needed.

The next morning, I went back in and re-read what I’d written as was surprised that it wasn’t all that bad.  That’s when it hit me, I could still do this.  I still had it in me to put words to paper (or computer screen) and make it come out like something other people would actually read.  That’s when I knew what I had to do.  I had to believe!

As a writer, you’ll always have doubts about your abilities.  Fight them.  If you’ve found the will to do the writing, don’t let your inner critic keep you from continuing.  If you can’t believe in yourself, there’s no way anyone else will believe in you either.  You have to just sit back and tell yourself “Yes I can”.

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One Response to “Believing In Your Own Abilities”

  1. Tiny Twerp says:

    Believing in oneself is perhaps the fundamentals to achieving success. Believing in yourself is akin to having faith. And faith is like welding a dagger to fight a modern warfare. When gun shots are fired, you aren’t afraid because you believe that this dagger will help you win it. The presence of doubts could be here to affirm your faith.Always hold on tight to your belief! Doubts make your faith feel more real. Just me 2 cents haha.

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