You got up this morning primed and ready to go. You’ve got all these fascinating words in your head to describe your hero better than any writer ever has…your fingers elatedly race over the keyboard and then it happens. They stop, for no apparent reason, they just stop. Your brow furrows. Beads of moisture cover your top lip, and you start to sweat. You tell yourself nothing is wrong--but your gut sinks with that feeling of doom. That ghostly foe of uncertainty lingers somewhere in the darken corner of your mind—O.k., bad image…we don’t have square heads so we can’t have corners in our minds…fine, your uncertainly rolls around at the back of your brain, okay? Either way you reluctantly read what you wrote.
To your horror you realize you’ve pick words that seem average, almost boring. What happened to all those inspiring words you knew would bring exquisite images to the minds of your readers? When did the words brooding, sensuously decadent and provocative become boring and average? Unexpectedly, you feel the heaviness of doubt creeping its way into your mind and you ask yourself, What part of what you thought was a modest ego exploded into an egomaniac and made you think you could write?
Self doubt is your worst enemy and will stop you from fulfilling your goal of becoming a published writer if you let it. The secret is in the knowing every writer at one time or another will feel this self doubt. Be it one morning at their computer, after a contest scores their manuscript far lower than expected or from their first experience with a critique partner. We all feel it. You’re not alone.
The secret is in how you deal with this emotion. Don’t let a temporary doubt build into something that will eventually make you give up and shove your wonderful manuscript under the bed to entertain only the dust bunnies. Know in your heart there are readers out there who are yours, and they are there just waiting for your first book to be released. Remind yourself you are a writer and you can do it. Then call a writer friend and share your doubts…you’ll be surprised how easily you snap out of your blues when you realizes she suffers with it too from time to time.
So, I call out to all of you to share your moments of doubts and let other writers know they’re not alone. Share with us what made you realize it wasn’t a lack of talent but just a moment of the moody blues.
My trick for outing that ghostly shadow of doubt…I call my twin who I know will build my sagging ego. She is my reflection, my talking mirror who tells me what I need to hear when I need it most. If you don’t have a twin, I’d highly recommend you get one. But if you can’t, then look in a mirror and BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.
Book Haul  - The last couple days the internet was down (it was terrible. LOL!) but I'm back. This haul is from the last two weeks. Happy Reading! *Review:* Wicked A...
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