Writing with confidence is in essence about learning how to get past doubts and the voice of the inner critic, and making a commitment to your writing (and creative self-expression) while accepting that you might get things wrong, and cannot achieve perfection.
Perfectionism is a huge blockage to creative expression, and I’ve dug out some of the most useful posts in the archive to help you in those times when it’s got a stranglehold on you.
WRITING WITH PURPOSE AND INTENTION
You should have a purpose, you should have a goal, and intent and courage, and how to set a positive intention that will get past the meanest of inner critics. Positive intention will keep you going until you reach the last step of the ladder.
LEARNING TO LIVE WITH DOUBT
The impact of doubt on your writing life, learning how to live with it, and the fix the key areas of your writing that doubt cannot touch. These are the major elements you should think of and keep yourself positive even if doubt is lurking around, the most important element to beat doubt is intention and then focus, your inner voice have to be more powerful than your doubts, that is the key to success, don’t let your doubts speak out loud and give them a shut up call.
TALKING ABOUT FEAR, WRITING WITH LOVE
Reflecting on what it’s like to talk about fear, compared to the fears that crop up when it’s time to talk about love. It’s always easy to talk about fear, but one important thing fear does it makes you familiar with it, if you are familiar with fear it won’t hurt you.
WHEN IT’S TIME TO STOP HIDING
What it means to share more of your voice, with confidence, and a first post with not-hiding strategy will open up new doors for you. And yes, that required getting past a lot of doubts!
IT ISN’T ALWAYS FEAR
Article exploring other things that might be going on that get too easily labeled as ‘fear’. Biding your time doesn’t necessarily mean you’re afraid; there might be other creative processes going on. Learn what is fear and what is not, completing the deadline on time and having care about it is not fear.
DODGING THE INNER CRITIC
How to get past some of the worst attacks of the inner critic that could demotivate you is critical to learn. Reflections from personal experience are good to learn and be critic but the devilish inner critic is more powerful than any other inner voices. Again focus on intention and not the perfectionism.
LEARNING FROM POSITIVE FEEDBACK
The importance of tuning into positive feedback us important, and you should develop tips for ways to start adjusting your filters. Learning from positive feedback is not always comparable with learning from negative feedback, focus on the feedback itself, you could think of how this positive feedback could be a marvelous feedback, there is still a room for improvement (And there is always).