Self-Doubt Sucks

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll know I’ve been kinda down on myself the past few weeks. I’m not normally one to share a lot of personal info (like do you really care that I ate nothing but fruit for breakfast or how work is going?) however I did take the time to share how discouraged I’ve been with my writing.

depression-2912424_960_720Like most writers or creatives, I doubted myself and my skills. I doubted if I should even continue writing. It’s not like many people are reading it! But an amazing thing happened.

I had support.

By sharing my doubts about my craft, many others (maybe even you!) stepped in and told me to slow my roll. You encouraged me to continue what I’m doing because I do indeed have a tiniest clue as to what I’m doing. I do not suck as bad as I thought I did.

I think I go through this mentality about once a year or more. When it passes, I blissfully continue what I’m doing and spend my time writing new stories that will one day entertain and delight readers.

I’d love to make writing a full-time paying gig, but for now it’s not there yet. It may never be, but with encouragement from those brave enough to try my work and like it, I know I’ve got support from those who truly care about the next adventure I write.

It helped me so much to see how many people believed in me. I don’t like sharing my doubts because I don’t want others to see my weakness. I don’t want them to pity me. I have a hard time accepting help and encouragement, a trait I know is not the best. But sometimes, it just needs to come out.

If you’re experiencing something like this, I’m here to talk if you need it.

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4 thoughts on “Self-Doubt Sucks

  1. Hope you’re doing much better now. I wished my self-doubt experience was only once a year. For me, it is once or twice a month, especially if I’ve submitted something and any feedback tarries. I’m horribly impatient, and I go through a whole series of self-doubt stages. Just ask Becky Narron–she knows!

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  2. It seems like every interview with a creative person that I hear or read contains a confession of self-doubt, including some of the most celebrated artists in pop culture. You’re in good company, and I suffer it myself all the time. We have those peaks and valleys, and we just need to keep on chugging. It’s easier with the help of friends, and I’m thankful that you’ve been there for me when the going has been tough. I’ll return the favor any time you need it.

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