It’s the most popular piece of writing advice out there.
It gets to the point.
But it didn’t help me much when I was new to writing.
I knew I had to sit down and do it.
But sometimes my self-confidence was so low, I couldn’t get started.
How do you apply this advice when you can’t even get yourself into the chair?
There is so much more to working through fear than just forcing yourself to write. That might work for a while, but it’s not sustainable. Self-doubt fluctuates. It’s not only something you have to deal with as a beginner writer. Even experienced authors worry about their writing ability.
That’s why you won’t find quick hacks for getting rid of self-doubt. The best way to manage your fears is to shift your mindset over time. Focus on creating the most favourable environment for your writing. If you combine this with healthy habits, you’ll feel strong enough to tackle your insecurities whenever they resurface.
This is the first post in a series about fighting self-doubt. Over the next few weeks, I’ll share different approaches that have helped me. I’ll also look at some of the strategies other writers use, so you can get back to “just writing.”