Sometimes I am in love with my writing. I write a really good sentence or scene and I feel like a word wizard, a literary genius. I can taste a book deal in my future. I am an excited, confident writer.
Other days, I feel overwhelmed and lost. My plot is all over the place, and subplots start to form but don’t fully develop. I keep using the same word. I want to go back to bed and never write again.
I’d rather feel like a confident writer than a crummy writer, so I thought about how to remain confident even when writing is hard.
Today I’m going to give you three ways to be a confident writer.
How to Be a Confident Writer
Be a Confident Writer by Remembering Why You Write
The first is to remember why you write. I recently wrote a post with 50 reasons why I write. Essentially, I write because I do believe I’m good at it. And because I love it. I can’t stop writing. I don’t know what else I would do. I write because I love creating something that didn’t previously exist. That’s five confidence inspiring reasons right there. My list is full of more, and you’re more than welcome to use any of the ideas from my list to create your own.
When I don’t feel qualified or capable of being a good writer, this list gives me the confidence boost I need. Remembering why I write helps me want to keep writing. Remembering why I write helps me be a confident writer.
Be a Confident Writer by Displaying Your Best Writing
It may be the first thing you ever wrote. Or it could be something you wrote yesterday or last week. It might be one super awesome sentence or a whole paragraph or scene that evokes emotion.
Find this sample of your writing. You can even decorate it—add a border or some color—or choose a fancy font if you like. Frame it. Put it in a binder where you keep important papers. Put it on display in your writing space.
Having a piece of your own writing that makes you feel proud easily accessible will remind you that you are a good writer. Displaying your best writing will keep you feeling like a confident writer.
Be a Confident Writer by Finishing Something
No matter how rough the draft, there is nothing more confidence-inspiring than completing even a basic draft of your WIP. The first draft is said to be the hardest. Push through the doubt, past your inner editor and get that first draft done. Don’t worry about how much work your draft will need. You will feel like a confident writer if you finish something.
Once you’ve written and finished a drat, you can do it again. And again. And again. Until you have a finished manuscript that you are proud of. One finished draft will lead you to become a confident writer who can finish an entire manuscript.
If you want to be a writer, then you are one. Do what it takes to find the confidence to keep writing even when you are less than in love with your writing.
What do you do to feel confident as a writer?