I’m back with another post as part of the A to Z Challenge, and the topic of the day is Confidence. I recently reached out to a sci-fi/fantasy reader/writer club in my area, because I wanted to connect with other lovers of the genre in person. Chatting online is awesome, but there’s nothing quite like discussing who Jon Snow’s real parents are, and the implications of it (reference to GRRM’s A Song of Ice and Fire, for those of you who don’t know ;)), over a cup of tea on a chilly spring afternoon. Call me a geek, but I love conversations like that.
Anyway, upon joining the club, I found out that many of the members were actually aspiring writers in their own right. Only, almost all of them have numerous novels and series in various stages of completion just sitting on their desktops. So, in trying to think of a topic for today’s post, I realized that confidence is one of the most important characteristics that separates aspiring writers from published ones. Confidence in yourself and your ability to write a story worth telling, confidence that you can write it well, and the confidence to know it deserves publication.
With enough confidence the grueling writing and revision processes become more manageable. Confidence in yourself will get you through all the rejections and negative comments. I guess what I’m really trying to say is that you just have to believe in yourself 😉
Now if I could just find enough confidence in myself to finally get started on my new work in progress…