Real Talk About My Writing Fears

I've got a lot of them.

Shannon Ashley
Jul 7 · 2 min read
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For several months, I have felt pretty bad about my writing. I almost forgot about those feelings while I was on my vacation, but once I began reading the work and good news of some friends this weekend, I realized that I still feel like I will never be a great writer.

Or, like I will never be the great writer that I hope to be.

The thing is, I am happy for my friends. Those with popular or viral stories. Those with new columns or incredible bylines.

They deserve every good thing in the world and I am so happy to see them thriving.

But do you know what?

I still feel left behind.

Yup. I still wonder when my next big break will come, or if it will come at all.

And then I rack my brain with ideas for new stories. New submissions.

I try to encourage other writers and let them know that I get rejected all the damn time. It's a lot like dating, apparently.

My writing isn't for everyone and there's something both liberating and daunting about that.

See, I still believe in being my own biggest fan. And I still believe that my bigger breaks are coming.

But I'd be lying if I said I never get down in the dumps about my future as a writer. Honestly, I battle self-doubt and insecurity all of the time. The whole time.

And I dont know if that's going to help you, but I'm hoping it makes some sort of difference with your own fears.

At the very least, I hope you know that you aren't alone in your thoughts.

You can feel afraid or insecure and still keep writing.

That's actually exactly what I do.

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Single mama, fulltime writer, exvangelical. It's not about being flawless, it's about being honest. Top Writer.

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