Here are 5 Steps to Get Over Your Major Writing Insecurities
Don’t allow worry and fear to be the obstacles that keep you from finishing your story.
We all have insecurities that keep us from growing into the writers we want to be. Some of us fear not being good enough, while others are afraid to be criticized for taking risks. Whatever your worries are, they should never stand in the way of you and your work.
I noticed that I spent a considerable amount of time feeling lost. I wasn’t writing the way I used to, and I saw changes in my content that I didn’t like. I knew they were due to my writing insecurities, and I decided to take charge to get back to a place where creating felt good.
1. Uncover the reasons behind the fear
You’d be surprised where some of your writing insecurities stem from. For me, it all began when I started to pay too much attention to the writers’ growth. I convinced myself that I was never going to reach that level of accomplishment because my writing wasn’t good enough, but I’ve learned that’s no excuse to stop trying.
2. Learn to overcome the terrifying start
I’ve been focusing all of my attention on how I start my writing sessions because I wanted to rid myself of that period where I moped around, hoping ideas would come to me.
I’ve begun to say, “Just start” at the beginning of every new piece, especially when the worry starts to set in. If you can get over that hurdle, you can do just about anything.
3. Understand that there’s always room to learn
You have to be willing to do great work, but also take the time to learn more. No matter how long you’ve been writing, there are always areas that you can improve on, and it’s up to you to take the initiative to do just that.
4. Don’t dishearten yourself at any stage of the writing process
Don’t ever tell yourself that your work isn’t worth the effort. Don’t sell yourself short, and don’t beat yourself up about not receiving the response you went straight away.
5. Practice your craft every day
You don’t have to focus on publishing work daily to write every day. Venture off into new avenues of writing, try a new form, and surprise yourself for a change. What matters is that you’ve decided to make an effort, and that has to count for something.
Write to your heart’s content and talk about the things that you’re passionate about. Whenever I feel stumped or bad about the work I’ve done, I always revisit the topics that I know enough about to share my insight.