How To Have More Confidence In Your Writing

By on July 17, 2019

Being a confident writer is so important. If you have confidence in your

writing you are so much more likely to want to continue to do it, to send it off to publishers or self-publish, to market it effectively, to talk about it and will generally feel happier and more satisfied in your work!

That all sounds rather lovely, doesn’t it? But unfortunately, for many writers, actually believing in themselves and being proud of their writing is nothing more than a pipe dream. Writers are often plagued with self-doubt and haunted by an inner critic, who loves to tell them they are not good enough.

So how can you take steps to build your writing confidence? Try this:

Learn about your craft

There are different ways you can learn about the craft of writing, and there is always more to learn. The more invested in your learning, the more you’ll feel your writing improve and you’ll know that you are doing everything you can to be the best writer you can be.

Read books

Reading is such an essential part of writing. The more you read, the more inspired you can become. Read as widely as possible. Read books you love, books that intrigue you, even read bad books from time to time. Read books for research, in your genre, outside of your genre, books you've never heard of, books by indie authors and all the classics. The more you read, the more you will fall in love with writing and remember why it’s what you enjoy most.

Subscribe to writing sites

Writing sites are packed full of great advice and getting handy tips delivered to your inbox, and useful updates about writing can be invaluable. So check out writing sites and subscribe to those that interest you the most.

Write as much as possible

We all know that the number one way to get better at anything is to practice it, and unsurprisingly this applies to your writing too. If you can write every day that’s great - if you can’t, no worries - just do what you can, but be ambitious. The more you write, the more your confidence will grow.

Get a mentor

Find someone who inspires you to write; it could be a famous author or just a fellow writer you know. Having someone to look up to will keep you going and remind you what it’s all about!

Submit your work

Don’t wait around to submit your work. Of course, you want to get it into the best possible shape before you do, but you’ll know deep, down when you are just putting it off. Submitting your work is a great way to build your confidence - even if you don’t get published, the fact that you have managed to do it is hugely commendable, and you should be proud.

Celebrate your accomplishments

Remembering to take time to appreciate what you are doing, and celebrate those wins - however small - is vital to any writer’s sense of self-worth. So do take the time to appreciate and celebrate what you are doing -it is pretty amazing after all.

Building your writing confidence is so important. Are you a confident writer? Share your tips with us here!



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