Motivation To Find Your Confidence As A Writer
The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true – John Steinbeck
You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do – Eleanor Roosevelt
5 Quick Tips For Finding Confidence In Your Writing
1. You were uniquely created. No one else is exactly like you and no one else can tell your story. Focus on this truth will give you confidence that you are the only one qualified to tell your story.
2. Trust your journey. Every mile begins with putting one foot forward. So put one foot forward and write one word. Then another. Repeat. You have started your writing journey and it is up to you to keep moving forward. There will be setbacks, delays, and possibly a few monsters in your path but this writing journey of relies on forward movement.
3. Pin point your why. Why are you writing? Why it is important to you. What is your end goal? Jot this down and refer back to it when you confidence is starting to waver. If you don’t know why you are doing something it is easy to loose confidence in it.
4. Remember that other peoples opinions – of you – of your work are just THAT their opinions. They don’t speak for everyone. What one person loves another will hate. Never let a negative opinion tear you down. Never let negative feedback stop you from writing. Value constructive criticism and use it to improve your writing but never let it stop you from writing your story.
5. Writing confidence comes from the practice of writing consistently. The more you write the more confident you will become in your writing. If you write everyday this week you will be a better writer at the end of the week than you were at the start. Just imagine what you can do in 365 days!
When my writing confidence begins to waiver I make a withdrawal from my Bank of Encouragement. This is simply a collection of positive experiences from my writing journey. This bank includes words of praise, advice that others have passed on to me, and experiences encouraged me to keep writing. For example, In Jr. High I wrote a poem for an assignment. I loved writing poetry but the assigned topic was stupid and boring to me. (Hey, I was in jr high- everything was stupid to me!) So, being the sarcastic rebel that I was, I wrote my own twist on it. Mocking the assignment. I was shocked that the he teacher was impressed. Not only did I get an A but she published it in the school newspaper. At the time I was so embarrassed to have something I whipped out in rebellion put out for everyone to see. However, it was also a confidence builder. An encouragement that fed my desire to write and be heard. This memory is a deposit I made in my encouragement bank. If you are like me it is easy to catalog your failures.I have so many to choose from. On the flip side it can be a struggle to pull up the good feedback when you are not feeling motivated. That is why it is important to take time to catalog the positive encouraging moments so that you can refer back to them when you are struggling to find motivation.
Writing Challenge: Start your own Encouragement Bank. Grab your journal or create a file on your computer to keep track of positive experiences. Go ahead and title it ENCOURAGEMENT BANK if you want. Start by listing 10 positive experience related to your writing. Here are few idea to get you started if you are struggling.
- Think of one teacher who complemented your work. Write about that experience and how it made you feel at the time.
- Write about the first moment you knew you wanted to be a writer.
- Make a list of 3 writers or books that inspired you to read or write.
- Write about the first time you were brave enough to share your work with another. Even if the experience had negative moments, focus on the fact that you were brave enough to share your work.
- Name 5 people who have encouraged you to write. What did they say? How did that make you feel.
- Write down a quote that encourages or inspire you to write.
- Make a list of writing resources that inspire you to write. It could be books, blogs, youtube videos, or whatever inspires you.
Comment here or find me on social media and share with me a deposit you made into your encouragement bank. I would love to hear your positive writing experiences. #encouragementbank