A lack of confidence in one’s writing abilities is one of the most common obstacles that prevents a writer from publishing his work. Is it good enough? Should I publish it now? What if readers don’t like what I’ve written? Almost all writers new to sharing their contents online must have experienced this uncertainty and self-doubt.
When you have placed all of your heart into your written works, but after reading so many outstanding works published online, you suddenly notice weaknesses in your writing and doubts whether you are truly equipped to publish your work.
It could really be discouraging, which is unhelpful when you must stick to a certain posting schedule.
So, what to do?
Let us reinforce that dwindling confidence, shall we? So that you can confidently click ‘publish’ even if you’re not sure of your writing abilities.
Believe in yourself. Embrace your flaws and discover your capabilities.
Nobody is born perfect in every way. It’s alright to make mistakes as long as you learn from them. Accept your shortcomings; don’t allow them to hold you back; rather utilize them to push you ahead. If you are truly passionate about your writing, do everything you can to make it the best that it can be.
Believe in the process. Always remember that practice makes perfect.
Just keep on writing. The beauty of what we do as writers is that we discover new things all the time. You’ll progressively see your writing from multiple perspectives, talk in different tones, and experiment with various writing styles until you discover what’s genuinely yours. Create your own writing process and use it to enhance your abilities and creativity.
Time will eventually reveal how you are progressing in your craft. Look back at your prior writings and compare them to your most recent ones to discover how far you’ve progressed.
Be honest with yourself.
Don’t be too hard on yourself, thinking you’re not good enough. Remember why you’re doing it and who you’re writing it for. It’s not about being perfect, but about being able to connect with people and make them feel something. You may not always be able to effect change for everyone, but you have at least told them what they need to hear. Control is a key notion in Stoicism, as seen by this passage from Marcus Aurelius.
“You have control over your own thoughts and actions, but not over the thoughts and actions of others.”
Continue to learn.
Read more, do research, and look for resources that will help you improve. You can explore several writing and grammar tools online; however, keep in mind that they are only tools to aid and polish your talents. Your personal creative thinking is what distinguishes your work, so don’t try to replace it with AI.
Your words matter, so go on. Publish it!
Besides, as the poet Sylvia Plath stated, “And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
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