Some people enjoy writing papers and would rather write two papers than take one objective test. But others become anxious and frustrated when faced with a writing assignment because they think they can’t write well or that they have nothing to say about the topic. Viewing writing as a developable skill and as a discovery process helps reduce writing anxiety and build confidence.
Viewing writing as a skill builds confidence because if writing is a skill then anyone can improve their ability to write clear, complete papers. Choosing words, constructing clear sentences, and writing and organizing effective paragraphs are developable skills. When we view writing as a skill we see that writing is not only for those who like to write or have a way with words.
Some people think they can’t write because they have nothing to say about the topic or that they can’t fully express their thoughts on paper.
Viewing writing as a process which provides opportunity for discovery, drafting, and revision builds confidence because we can see that complete, polished ideas don’t have to be written down all at once but can be explored and developed over time. Here are the five main parts of the writing process.
Invention and discovery
Listing, free-writing, and anything that provides opportunity to explore and capture ideas and make connections – without worrying about what is and what is not on topic, useful, or correct. The main goal here is to get ideas and connections down on paper.
Writing as complete a final product as possible. The main goal here is to keep audience and purpose in mind and to follow initial ideas, knowing that there will be time later for cutting, adding, and re-organizing.
To revise is to try again. Revision can focus on the whole or any of its parts. Keep in mind that many professional writers put their work through multiple revisions.
If to revise is to try again, then to edit is to refine. Editing involves refining word selection, tightening sentences, adding a bit more detail to help clarify meaning, etc.
Proofreading involves checking for grammar, spelling, and punctuation correctness. It is an important final step in the writing process.
Successful, confident writers understand that writing is a skill which can be practiced and developed. They also know that writing is a recursive process and expect to be inventing new material as they revise their rough draft, and editing for word choice as they revise at the paragraph level. Most importantly, they also realize that the amount of time one devotes to each step in the writing process depends upon the complexity of the task at hand and when the final product is due.
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A lack of confidence in your own writing can be quite common when you first start writing professionally, and can still occasionally hit even the most hardened pro. As with writer’s block, writing confidently is as much to do with your state of mind as your ability; there are techniques that can help relax your writing anxiety and help you compose words in a flowing, lucid manner.
In continuation of my series of posts on why copywriting shouldn’t be rushed, being more creative and beating writer’s block, I’m now going to assess ways of learning to write more confidently because it should be a pleasure, and not just a profession:
1) Read a lot. Read widely in new genres and formats, and not just within your own area of expertise. Seeing how other authors formulate their paragraphs and project meaning will help formulate structures in your own mind. The more widely you can read the more expansive your points of reference and the influences you can draw on when you sit down to put pen to paper.
2) Write a lot. The more you write the more you’ll relax, and agonize less over every sentence. Write even if your not getting paid for it. Start a blog, write articles for free distribution or write for a charity. Rekindle the feeling of writing for pleasure and remind yourself why you choose to do it in the first place.
3) Overcome your fear of people reading your work. If you’re not yet yet writing professionally, share your writing with friends or post it on writing community websites. Stage fright at the thought of exposing your words to others can often hold back many from taking the jump into the professional arena. The fear of criticism of what you’ve poured out onto the page has to be conquered if you want your talent to be appreciated.
4) Understand why you want to be a writer or why you became one. Was it from friends enjoying your short stories, work colleagues commenting on your writing or just your self belief in your own ability? What was the spark that made you realize you had the talent to write professionally?
5) If you’re writing professionally, appreciate what it has taken to get you to where you are. It takes confidence and bravery to start relying on your brain and word processor to produce the words that will keep a roof over your head and stop you going hungry. Appreciate your successes in getting work, and that you’re earning a living from your talent; which would otherwise be just a hobby.
6) Learn to accept criticism as feedback. Writing is a personal experience and as such writers are supposed to react badly to criticism. You’ll need to break out of this stereotype if you want to grow. Sometimes it takes a fresh pair of eyes to identify room for improvement, to which you’d otherwise be blind.
7) Learn to accept praise. The temptation is to be modest as you knew all along that your latest work was a masterpiece, but take pleasure and satisfaction in the fact that your writing is appreciated and that you’ve yet again delivered. Keep a portfolio of your best work and testimonials to revisit on days when you’re wrestling with self-doubt.
8) Always approach every project with maximum effort and treat it as part of a long-term business relationship. You’ll then get the satisfaction of knowing you did the best job you could and given yourself the best chance of repeat business and referrals, where most of your work will probably come from.
9) Take note of Chris Garret’s warning on avoiding the ‘Copywriter’s Curse’: if you worry too much about achieving perfection then the anxiety can grind your writing to a halt. Don’t confuse the writing stage with the editing process. As with beating writer’s block, just get words onto the page and then shape and mould them to your heart’s content afterwards. Perfection is something you can always aspire to, but will rarely reach in the first draft, if ever. Even Shakespeare would probably tear up a few of his manuscripts if he were to revisit them today.
10) Appreciate that the occasional doubt in your own writing is part of the creative process and is what keeps you striving for higher standards. Use it as motivation to improve and to learn how to become a better writer, which is a lifetime pursuit in itself.
Follow these steps, work hard and remember that even Stephen King had to go through having his work marked in black marker pen at some stage.
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There’s one thing I hear from writers more than anything else.
Know what it is?
It’s that they don’t feel confident in their writing abilities.
When they do write something:
They second guess every sentence and spend hours on what should take minutes.
They run it through every writing optimization tool known to man but still aren’t happy with the end result.
They hover over the ‘Publish’ button but don’t end up sharing what they’ve written.
The reason? “It’s just not good enough,” they say.
I get it. I really do.
In fact, here’s a post I wrote and published over on Medium back on January 14, 2014 (six years ago). I cringe a little when I read this today. It feels. glib. Flowery. Naive.
But you know what? I’m glad I shared it.
It allows me to see how my writing has evolved, and it gives me a benchmark to reference around the improvement of my writing skills. It’s also a snapshot of my internal dialogue at that point in my life–and if it weren’t documented, I’d probably have forgotten that I ever even had this thought by now. Even though it’s not on par with the writing I share today, it was good practice.
It’s easy to become a better writer if you put in the work.
No one gets a permanent “bad writer” stamp on the forehead. I know that if you’ve been told you’re not a great writer (or even that your writing could use some work)–it doesn’t always feel that way.
But the good news is: I’ve seen firsthand how a few new habits can make a world of difference in the writing department.
Growing Your Writing Confidence
What can you do to become a more confident writer (and shirk Imposter Syndrome?)
1. Commit to a 30-day challenge.
Practice makes perfect, so challenging yourself to practice writing every day for 30 days (even if it’s just for five minutes!) can be a good way to introduce a new habit that sticks.
This can be journaling, writing a short story every day, recalling a memory, free writing–just get words onto a page. You don’t even have to share the finished product–just put it on your daily to-do list and commit to making it a priority.
2. Read more: Try a book per month minimum.
In this post, you may have seen that one of the pieces of writing advice from Stephen King was to have a solid reading habit. Reading gets you more familiar with words, different syntax ideas for sentence structure, unique metaphors–you name it.
That’s why having a healthy reading habit (of at least a book per month, I’d say) can help you become a better writer. If you have 15-20 spare minutes a day (you know you do), devote that to reading.
3. Keep a swipe file.
Sometimes you see writing that just really “does it” for you. Maybe the writing voice connects with you on a personal level or there’s a turn of phrase that makes you pause and think, “Wow, what a great way to describe that.”
Make notes on what you like about those pieces of writing and keep a running list of reference material (a swipe file, of sorts) that you can refer back to on days when you need writing inspiration. This will help you better understand what makes certain pieces of writing better than others–and can inform your own writing moving forward.
4. Be open to feedback (and ask for it).
It’s easy to be sensitive about your writing–I know I am. It’s so personal, right?
The thing is: Closing yourself off to constructive criticism only holds you back from improving your writing skills.
I’ve turned in what I thought were excellent first drafts to editors, only to have them sent back with lots of notes and suggestions for edits. My first reaction is to take it personally. but when I get into their comments, I often realize they’ve spotted holes I missed, they have suggestions for better reading comprehension, etc.
We both want the same thing: To produce the best possible piece of writing we can. Being open to that feedback helps us accomplish that goal.
Accepting feedback–and asking for it from writers you trust and respect–is an easy way to get external perspective on where/how/what you can improve in your writing.
Writing Confidence Comes With Practice
Are you going to become a better writer overnight? Nope, definitely not.
There’s a lot of work to be done, but if you can dedicate yourself to improving, I think you’ll be surprised at how quickly you can make strides.
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7 things you need to do to produce quality writing
Lindsey (Lazarte) Carson
May 8, 2018 · 4 min read
Writing can put you in a state of vulnerability, especially when it’s being shared with the public. In today’s world, you can share anything on the internet, and in return, anyone can critique your writing regardless of their credentials.
Writing, like any form of art, is an extension of yourself. It’s an outlet for which you are able to express yourself fully and honestly— your opinions, your feelings, your arguments, your observations, anything and everything.
But the hesitation that comes with writing is often tied to feelings of insecurity, fear, and self-consciousness.
It’s not an easy task to p ut yourself out there in such an honest manner. After all, we’re all human — our feelings get hurt.
Public speaking has long been ranked among the top fears in America. It makes sense though, right? Going up in front of a crowd of people whom you may or may not know and allowing them to silently judge everything you have to say — It’s a scary feeling. Stage fright is a real thing. You never really know what it actually feels like until you experience it yourself.
I was required to take a public speaking course in college. Personally, I really loved it. It surprisingly ended up being one of my favorite (and most useful) classes. In the past, I’ve never had a problem speaking in front of people. Going against the norm, I even loved job interviews.
I love having conversations with people. Presumably, I thought that this confidence in public speaking would translate over to confidence in how I felt as a Writer.
Little did I know, I was very wrong.
When I first started openly writing and taking it more seriously, I realized how insecure I felt about the words that I was sharing. I often asked myself,
Who am I to write these things?
Does anyone agree with me?
Who is reading this?
Is anyone even reading at all?
All of these questions snowballed into an all-encompassing mindset that was…
I am not a good writer — In fact, I am a bad writer.
I constantly compared my work to others. I envied the popularity and success of other writers. At one point, I just wanted stop and throw in the towel all together. I wondered, “ What’s the point? No one cares.”
I would take periodic breaks from writing whenever these thoughts arose. Until one day, there was a period of time when I had the opportunity to sit down and really evaluate everything I have ever written. And what I learned from that time has made me a better, stronger, and more confident writer.
I finally threw out my negative thoughts, evaluated what needed be done, and continued doing what I love. And this is what you should do too:
Practice, practice, practice (aka write, write, write).
As the saying goes, “practice makes perfect”. In order to master your craft, you need immerse yourself in it every day, every chance you get. Nobody becomes a professional overnight. It takes practice, perseverance, patience, and time.
We are all susceptible to making errors. Double-checking your work is the extra step needed in making sure that your writing is void of common mistakes in spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
Edit, edit, edit.
After proof-reading, edit! Take out the unnecessary parts, the fluff, the run-on sentences. Make sure you are supporting your arguments in a cohesive way and that your general idea makes sense. The first draft is never the final draft.
Learn from others.
Have you come across other writers who are successful, yet have a similar tone and style as yours? Read their stuff. Learn from them. Connect with them. Figure out what they are doing right, so that you can apply that knowledge to your own work.
Write about what you know.
In order to be good writer, you need to write about what you know. Don’t go into subject areas that you cannot speak of confidently, otherwise, you’ll sound foolish. Know your material, and better yet, know yourself.
Do your research.
Get the facts. Support your argument. Cite your sources. Anyone can write a 500-word piece on their opinion of a topic. Making a compelling argument is about having the facts to back it up.
Enjoy what you are writing about.
You should be excited about the topic you are writing about. That excitement will carry over in your tone and make your writing sound better overall.
Stop comparing yourself to others.
Your voice is your own. Your thoughts are your own. Your experiences are own. You can become a better writer, but you shouldn’t try to become different person in the process. Embrace your authentic voice. Stop comparing yourself to other writers.
Whether you are a student, an aspiring writer, or you already write for a living, it’s always possible to lose confidence in your work. It’s easy to feel like your writing is rubbish, especially if you rarely get positive feedback on it. Writing often, trying new methods, sharing your best work, and getting in the right mindset can help boost your confidence as a writer.
Part1: Developing Good Writing Habits
1/- Read. Read a lot! When you’ve finished a book or essay, you will sometimes get a spark of inspiration. It could be a new narrative mode, a new style you want to try out, or even a new character.
Read a lot of writing in the genre you like to write in, but also think about expanding into other genres as well. You can borrow ideas from any style of writing.
2/-Start small. Use small writing prompts to kickstart your creative juices and keep them flowing. You won’t sit down and write a novel the first time you try, and you may not even crank out a short story on the first attempt. Start with one page observations, journal entries, poems, or essays, and slowly build up. [ Here are a few ideas to get you started:
You’ve been chosen to compete in the Olympics.
You are the “alligator whisperer,” the only person on earth who can talk to alligators.
A mysterious package arrives on your doorstep and leads to unparalleled adventure.
You get hit in the head and begin hallucinating.
You are an explorer who (unbeknownst to the rest of the world) arrived in the Americas in 1491, just before Columbus’ famous voyage.
You and your friends have been abandoned in a haunted amusement park.
3/-Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. At some point, every writer has sat staring at a blank page trying to figure out the perfect phrasing. Instead of wasting your time, get your thought down on paper and come back to it later.
4/-Sleep on it. If you have been struggling to perfect a passage or even a sentence, leave it alone for the day. Come back to it tomorrow. You might be surprised at how easily the words flow after your thoughts have had some time to gel in your brain.
5/-Save everything. Even a piece of terrible writing could have a brilliant line or two hidden somewhere in it. Develop a routine of saving each of your drafts, just in case you need to go back and borrow from an earlier draft.
You might also find that something you wrote on one topic could be helpful to you as you write about another topic. For example, maybe you wrote an essay about your memories of your first birthday party. Later, maybe you discover that this scene would work perfect in a short story.
6/-Reread your own writing. One of two things will happen. Either you will be impressed by how good what you wrote six months ago was, or you will wonder what on earth you were thinking to have written something so dreadful. Even if it’s the latter, you will still learn from your mistakes or take inspiration from a few lines.
There’s an epidemic sweeping through the content writing industry. People are spending more time curating other people’s content than crafting their own original pieces. In a world where it’s easy to simply grab something from someone else and share it with your audience, you may be falling prey to this dangerous trend.
You may assume that convenience is the primary issue; however, a lack of confidence may be to blame.
How a lack of confidence hurts your writing
Confidence is a fickle thing. One minute, you can have all the confidence in the world and the next moment it’s gone. There are so many different factors in play and the average person has a pretty poor outlook on their potential.
“Often people think of confidence as something that the lucky few are born with and the rest are left wishing for. Not true,” business consultant Margie Warrell assures people. “Confidence is not a fixed attribute; it’s the outcome of the thoughts we think and the actions we take. No more; no less. It is not based on your actual ability to succeed at a task but your belief in your ability to succeed.”
When you look at writing, in particular, this means confidence isn’t tied to your talent as a writer, but in your belief that you can be successful. Once you look at it through this lens, it becomes apparent that a lack of confidence can have a tremendously negative impact on your efforts.
A lack of confidence can hurt you in ways that impact you both now and in the future. It either causes you to copy what others are doing, write tentatively, or stop writing altogether. None of these outcomes are good and will ultimately lead to your downfall if confidence isn’t rediscovered.
6 ways to grow your confidence as a writer
How can you regain your confidence as a writer? There are different strokes for different folks, but the following pointers should prove helpful.
1. Delay doubt
It’s much easier said than done, but the first key to growing your confidence as a writer is to delay doubt. This is a concept that works in a number of professional pursuits – and something that successful guitar teacher Tom Hess has discovered to be important when helping his students.
Hess feels like most guitar players never realize their full potential because they’re skeptical, impatient, and afraid to have faith in themselves and the process they’ve outlined for reaching their goals. In other words, they lack confidence.
While Hess has a lot of tricks up his sleeves for teaching guitar, he can only help students who are able to conjure up some faith in themselves. As a writer, you have to do the same. Before you can grow your confidence, you have to delay doubt and kick skepticism to the curb.
2. Practice regularly
Cliché as it may be, practice makes perfect. While practice hones your skillset, it also gives you more confidence through repetition. The more you do it, the less intimidating it will be.
Take 10 minutes each morning and afternoon to do a writing exercise in an area that you aren’t confident. For example, if creative writing is your weakness, spend 10 minutes answering a creative writing prompt. If it’s business writing that kills you, take the time to write up a quick case study on some data.
3. Mentally rehearse
Because confidence is an emotional asset, it’s something you can mentally rehearse, regardless of where you are. Warrell strongly believes in the human brain’s ability to mentally overcome confidence blocks.
“Visualization is a highly effective tool for building confidence,” she says. “It can activate the same neural circuitry in the brain as doing something in reality. So to help you act as if, try imagining yourself doing (or saying) whatever it is you want to do with a quiet but unshakeable believe in your ability to do it well.”
4. Gather feedback from the right people
The problem a lot of writers have is that they get some negative feedback from someone – a reader, editor, client, etc. – and those harsh words end up destroying whatever confidence previously existed. Then, they stop gathering feedback out of self-protection and never get to enjoy the constructive benefits of affirmative feedback.
In order to grow your confidence as a writer, you must be willing to open yourself up to feedback. It’ll hurt at first, but you’ll eventually come to love the refining qualities of the experience. It’s best to surround yourself with a community of people that you know, but it’s also helpful to get some feedback online. Here are some good resources.
5. Read with the intention of studying
The more you understand what good writing looks like, the better prepared you’ll be to write good quality content. That’s why one of the best things you can do is immerse yourself in other people’s work. In other words, reading (with the intention of studying) will help you become more confident by giving you the ammunition you need to thrive.
6. Never quit in the middle of a project
One of the worst things you can do for your confidence as a writer is quit in the middle of a project. Since quitting is almost always a byproduct of feeling discouraged, the act of stopping compounds the underlying problem. Not only are you frustrated with your abilities, but you’ve now given up, essentially telling yourself that you aren’t good enough to see the project through.
No matter how terrible you think a piece of content may be, always see it through. If nothing else, this gives you the confidence that you can finish what you start.
Regain your confidence
Nobody can instill confidence in you. You must find it yourself. The good news is that confidence isn’t tied to your abilities. And like all emotions, Warrell is quick to point out that confidence breeds confidence. All it takes is a little bit of confidence and you’re well on your way to becoming a better writer.
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Does a lack of confidence about your writing keep you stopped or stuck? Are you uncertain as to whether your articles are ‘good enough’? You may be letting impostor syndrome, a normal and natural stage of the writing process, derail you from your goals.
Statistics indicate that you’ve probably have had impostor syndrome in the past (Or have it now). Millennials constitute the largest percentage of the global workforce, and 70% of them report that they’ve experienced impostor syndrome at some point in their career. This feeling of being a fraud can discourage you from taking risks or further educating yourself in writing and life. Additionally, picture-perfect social media feeds have heightened our collective perfectionism, paralyzing us from imperfect action, and accelerating a mental health crisis.
If you think you’re incompetent or not skilled enough just yet, you’re actually off to a good start, though you probably don’t feel like it. That’s because there’s a far more dangerous villain lurking in the sense-of-self spectrum: Overestimating your abilities. The unfortunate truth is that most of us are biologically wired to exaggerate our efforts, and some people take this confidence so far they chop out all feedback loops and never get any better.
In social psychology, illusory superiority is a phenomenon in which we consider ourselves above average when it comes to, well, just about everything. For example, labor statistics repeatedly show we overestimate the amount of time we spend working by nearly 10%, and in a self-evaluation study done at Stanford, 87% of MBA students believed they were in the top 50% of their class.
The more incompetent someone is, the more extreme their bias of themselves. The reason for this is simple: incompetent people are incompetent at measuring their shortcomings. This phenomenon is known as the Dunning-Kruger Effect.
A recent real-world example, Netflix’s Behind The Curve documentary, showcases classic Dunning-Kruger Effect in action by following leaders of the flat earth conspiracy theory. If you can’t identify your own blind spots, own them, and improve upon them, you run the risk of setting yourself up for a huge letdown later. In order to succeed, you’ll need to disarm your illusory superiority.
Confident, successful writers DO experience impostor syndrome. They just know how to move through it quickly by setting the right goals, recognizing the different stages of the writing process, and becoming more resilient (and even grateful) for critical feedback and direction. Here are three techniques these writers employ on a regular basis.
“ Be a hard master to yourself — and be lenient to everybody else.” — Henry Ward Beecher
To overcome impostor syndrome, focus on measurable, week-to-week progress. We know from illusory superiority that you’re likely to talk yourself into thinking you’re more productive than you actually are. Measuring windows of time, words written, or drafts completed can keep you honest.
I track my daily writing progress and the number of articles submitted each week (Submitted articles, not published articles, because I can’t control the publishing process). I also track my consumption of resources or courses intended to help improve my prose. These simple measurements, while small, give me insight into my habits and whether or not I’m on track to achieve my monthly goals.
I implemented this because I thought my writing was above average, which we’ve now learned is illusory superiority in action. (At least I’m not a flat-earther?) You’ll reach your goals faster and sideline your ego when you focus on numbers. Choose metrics that you know will move you in the direction of your goals, and be prolific rather than perfect.
Invest time and resources in your personal growth to keep the momentum up. If you don’t take the time to identify how you’ll measure your progress, it can be easy to let feelings run the show and succumb to inconsistency as a result.
“The whiplash is normal.”
My first drafts are similar to what you’d find in a landfill: hot, steaming garbage as far as the eye can see. My second drafts, on the other hand, are respectable, intelligible pieces you (probably) won’t need a bulldozer to get through. The transition from the first draft to the second draft is demoralizing-every time.
Though I do have an outline in mind before I begin, my first drafts have usually been free-written in one sitting — about 1,000 words in thirty minutes. The second draft feels way slower in comparison, and sometimes it feels like I’m going backwards with regard to progress. I know I’m not the only writer who experiences this. The whiplash that takes place as you navigate from first draft to second draft is normal, and to overcome impostor syndrome your best course of action would be to normalize the experience by writing regularly.
I’ll say it again in a gentle, singsong-y voice: your feelings are lying to you. Resist the urge to go by how you feel — this is like candy for your illusory superiority, and you’ll begin to inflate your sense of self-importance. Instead, look for ways to systematize your flow state, the glorious headspace popularized by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
Most of us need a trigger or a familiar ritual to get into flow state. Once you’ve begun measuring your output, you’ll be able to review your notes and make adjustments that put you in your sweet spot more often.
It’ll take practice, but over time you’ll build awareness. Maybe your best work comes when you’re in a certain room, wake up at a certain time, or watch a certain inspiring video before the day begins. For me, mornings are best, and my two triggers that put me in the zone for a writing session are a cold brew from my local café and an awful techno song playing in my headphones on repeat.
Document these details. Then recreate them and develop a ritual that delivers results. These small tweaks can be the difference between hundreds or thousands of words written over the course of a week or month. (If you’re a rituals nerd like me, Daily Rituals by Mason Currey is a fun and easy read about the routines of 161 great thinkers throughout history.)
It’s important to not let impostor syndrome get in the way of your writing goals. To make real progress, be firm and factual with yourself. Look for new ways to expand your knowledge and awareness, and you’ll develop a variety of tools you can use each day to achieve greater confidence and success.
To succeed, you must do the work.
O ne of my main goals in life is to quit my soul-sucking 2–9 job to become a full-time freelance writer and life coach.
My only problem is that I don’t know where to start.
I also feel like I’m not good enough to charge for my writing since I don’t have any degree or formal training in content writing, email copy, and blog writing, even though I have experience.
My dilemma is, I stand in my way of accomplishing my goal and, quite frankly, sick of it. I do believe I have something great to offer people due to my life experiences.
And I feel like I could be of help to anyone who has a mental illness (anxiety & depression), chronic illness, and chronic pain.
I need to get out of my head and out of my way to make this happen.
One of the reasons I don’t try to market myself as a freelance writer and life coach is that I’m not confident.
I spend too much time in my head thinking of all the reasons why I won’t make it in this business and how I’m going to spend my whole life working in a grocery store.
And, you know what?
That’s incredibly depressing, and it brings down my self-esteem even lower, which makes me stand in my way.
I need to look for ways to bring up my self-esteem and confidence in my writing; we all do.
We’re not going to improve in life if all we do is tell ourselves that we’re not good enough and we have nothing to offer the world.
I’m guilty of this, hardcore.
I’ve had several writers on Medium tell me that they’ve read my work and think I’m a great writer. I need to work on being consistent.
These are the writers I look up to, telling me I’m a great writer, but the little voice in my head tells me I’m not.
I need to sit down and ask myself, who am I going to believe?
The writers who are successful telling me they can see me making $10,000 a month or the disagreeing voice in my head who’s the only goal is to sabotage my dream.
If you want to become more confident in a subject, you should learn everything you can about it.
I’m not saying you need to go back to college and get a degree, but consider taking some online courses about the topic you want to become more confident in.
I want to become more confident in my writing and ability in writing email newsletters, blog posts, case studies, even white papers.
To do that, I’m taking a few content writing and copywriting courses on Udemy, and I’m taking a course on email marketing that’s free on HubSpot Academy.
All these courses come with a certificate at completion that you can showcase on your resume or website, letting potential clients see that you’re knowledgeable in the services you are offering.
We all need to get out of our heads and stop obsessing over our fear of not being good enough. There’s always going to be someone better, more significant, more awesome.
That’s a given, it’s part of life.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t be the greatest and most awesome you’ve ever been. And it most certainly doesn’t mean you are inadequate and can’t accomplish all your goals.
It would be best if you stopped telling yourself that you are flawed and not good enough. Because the more you tell yourself that, the more you will believe you aren’t good enough.
Focus on doing everything you can to accomplish your goals and know that it will take time, so don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t happen as fast as you would like.
We can’t expect to get better at being a writer or doctor if we don’t do the work that will help us succeed.
To become a great doctor, they go to med school, become an intern, and they even go to medical conferences to gain more knowledge in their field so they can be the most incredible doctor their patients ever had.
We, as writers, need to do the same thing. We need to continue learning new ways to improve our writing, marketing, and running our business.
We need to go above and beyond to become the best writer our readers and clients have come across so they will continue coming back and consuming our content.
The best writers out there continue to look for more ways to improve their skills, so their writing career continues to thrive.
The more work we put into upgrading our talents, the more successful our business will become.
We need to get out of our heads and our way and continue to advance in our field, and we’ll be successful.