A Leap of ‘Confidence’ Is Your Key Towards Better Writing
For the ones who are starting, it acts as an ‘Elixir.’
As a beginner, the writing journey might feel like letters juggling. To survive through them and penning them down, the needed valuable trait is “confidence.”
At the initial stages, building confidence in writing is nevertheless not a leisurely pursuit. Many might nod in agreement. Few would deny it. As a beginner, I stand entirely by the confidence version that every writer has to excel through.
“Confidence is contagious, so is lack of confidence.” — Vince Lombardi
When I first considered writing articles or blogs, I wasn’t confident that someone would read my blog posts. This feeling acts as the initial stage of fear in me, neither an exception to it.
The very reason for being fearful held me back from writing blogs until one unforgettable day, I opened my laptop and started writing. My thoughts kept building up its web in mind, and to suffice in only a mindful domain became difficult. Being fed up, I anyhow started writing.
From a year back until now, I have mustered the courage to cross the stage of fear. Presently confident enough to write without any judgment attached.
When I receive an email that speaks of “lack of confidence” is what stops him or her from following their career path, I couldn’t stop wondering about me. What would have happened if, at the initial stages, I didn’t muster up the courage to write my first blog post and act accordingly by putting it into action.
I honestly don’t know.
Probably, at some corner of the world, I would either be working as an engineer or would have been writing journals far away from people’s eyes. This state determines why confidence acts as a necessary prerequisite to excel in any domain.
Back again to the real issue, What makes anyone less confident about the writing journey?
1. The Good Enough Factor
You keep assessing your writing with plentiful reasoning. Comparing the essays makes it even worse. You keep imagining to write the best blog ever written. Moreover, you tirelessly validate yourself with a good enough factor.
The good-enough factor characterizes traits where you validate your potentials as a writer. You keep measuring whether you are the righteous person to fit the category of writer.
These questions build a confidence gap in an individual. Much precisely, to be a better writer, one needs to write without judgments attached.
- Nobody is better equipped to write than you.
- Not many have heard stories or have been a storyteller more than you.
- Not many might have written more journals or answers in comparison to you.
- Not many have watched movies, series, podcasts, or read books more than you.
- Not many have been gifted with the creative power and narrating it through, more than you.
You aren’t just a good enough person. But way above and way ahead than many others. If it’s You, you are equipped with better writing potentials and much confidence in better writing.
2. The Directionless Zone
Indeed, not knowing how to start, later experiences as difficultly in its proceeding. You always think of — acing the writing game, pitching, strategizing, marketing, and excelling in the writing stream.
Herein, the writing circles in doubts, overthink, and instills low confidence.
- You didn’t know the alphabet before schooling, yet here you are reading through this article.
- You probably didn’t know how to ride a bicycle until you put your one foot over the pedal and began cycling. Around the globe, you might be a good rider of a bike or car.
- You didn’t know about the culture until you began exploring different parts of the world.
- You don’t know what technology was before the Information and Digital Age began. Somewhere around the world, you might be a better marketer, better technological expert, and many more.
See, you don’t have to know how to start, where to start or when to start.
All that anybody needs to know is to start.
Ahead, You know how to write.
So, begin writing.
3. Language As A Barrier
Many of the people are frightened about the reason for language acting as a barrier. For instance, most of us feel that our English isn’t good enough to qualify us as writers.
But, any particular language shouldn’t be a qualifying criterion to acknowledge you as a better content writer. If it had been so, everybody of us would have been great writers.
And, that’s certainly not the case.
Having English or any other language shouldn’t paralyze your writing capabilities, whose primary source of information are creative thoughts. Anyone and each one of us can master any language and excel in writing.
All you need is to be —
- Put in actionable efforts, and
- Pursue your writing career profoundly.
If English is your primary language, then you are good enough to start. Over time, with experience, you can learn and improvise.
4. Yet Not Confident
Well, no matter how much advice we come across, the real experience starts only by writing through words every day. As a consequence, confidence compounds.
Let me state this.
You and I aren’t any different.
We almost have similar backstories in writing.
As a beginner, if I can take that leap of faith, you can too.
You probably can do even better than me considering the creativity you owe or acquiring the right knowledge in accessing the social platforms of writing. But, the only prerequisite is to get out of the low confidence trap and start writing. Try it once. You might come across roadblocks, but keep proceeding.
Success won’t happen overnight.
Instead, you need to be —
- Give the process more attention, and then.
Remember, with every article written, your confidence in writing will travel miles. You might be fearful of water. But, without jumping into the water, one cannot learn to swim. You need to start at some point.
The same principle applies when writing. One cannot gain confidence without getting started.
Confidence plays a pivotal role in making writing progress. In my personal experience, the starting phase was difficult. However, with every passing day, the new horizons to my writings are explored.
Few of the writing norms which I follow and which can primarily benefit others are—
- When writing, stop overthinking. Please write what you feel, read through it, and then validate it through sources. After all, you owe responsibility for the content you post. Mainly, it should be honest and trustworthy.
- Keep writing every day. At times, you certainly will feel the unwillingness to write; few days, our thoughts backfire, and at times your writing remains only as drafts. However, to maintain confidence in the writing flow, sit with the words and scribble them down, if not structurally.
- Have belief in yourself. This faith will enhance your creativity and boost you with better thoughts and ideas, thereby making room for confident writing.