Good morning! Believe in your ideas! Self-doubt is powerful! I attended a writing workshop in which responses from the audience of writers broke my heart. Time-after-time hands were raised – requesting validation on their ideas ending with, “Is this ok?” The ideas they were sharing were AMAZING! I wanted to answer them, “The fact that YOU created that idea – makes it ‘okay’!” The seed of doubt landed in the minds of these avid writers and stole their confidence. Self-doubt caused them to second-guess their ability as a writer. I strongly believe that the validation they were requesting would likely not have been needed if their confidence was strong. Why is this observation important to us? Because this can happen to any of us, at any given time, if we allow the seed of doubt into our mind. Low self-esteem opens the door to self-doubt. Increased self-esteem is necessary for writers! The first step to increase self-esteem is to believe in yourself – believe in your writing ability – believe in the ideas YOU create. Take a moment to analyze what you are seeking validation for – let’s imagine we were in the same position as the workshop writers – Each idea generated to form the foundation for our story is creativity at work – We need to give ourself credit for our hard work. Affirm ourself. Affirmations are a great tool to increase self-esteem. Increased self-esteem builds confidence. Confident writers protect their creativity by rejecting self-doubt. Confident writers believe in their ideas.
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Good evening! Staying focused on a writing project is a challenge! I discovered huge benefits in utilizing these four key skills with each of my writing commitments:
- High Self-Esteem: when my self-esteem is HIGH, I have full faith in my writing ability which allows my characters to trust me – this results in high performance from my characters.
- Self-Discipline: there are many distractions in the digital arena – as a writer, I had to learn how to turn OFF any distractions that threatened to steal my focus from the project. Just one distraction could steal that one word – or line – that could be the MASTERPIECE in my story. I constantly remind myself that I must keep my eye on the prize – the prize being “THE END”.
- Rhythm: Everyone has a high-volume knowledge of words – however, Quantity CANNOT be used solo on this journey – it needs a partner – that partner is DANCING – A writer must know how to make their large volume of words communicate in a manner that resembles dancing – not the kind of dancing where everyone is stepping on each others toes – lol. The kind of dancing that has a smooth rhythm and looks graceful as it is flowing across the stage (page) – telling a story in a manner that brings on observer (reader) to tears.
- Imagination: Yes, I think we inherit this at birth – however – as a writer, I learned that it is essential to craft this skill in a way that makes a story unique – original – to start with a seed (an idea) and grow it into a full-blown story with — a beginning – a middle – and an end. Experiencing this technique unfold in the mind – is absolutely AMAZING!
When I combine all four of these skills – my finished content feels unique. Would love to hear of the many other combinations that all of you amazing writers use to complete your writing projects.
Good evening! Have you ever thought about the affect your own self-esteem has on your writing? How often do you measure your self-esteem? Self-esteem is a key element for writers for many reasons. I want to touch on just one of the reasons today – whatever level our (writers) self-esteem equals at the time we are writing our story – our characters stand a high chance of mirroring that level. This is why it is a good idea to measure our own self-esteem level before we dive into a story. We cannot expect our characters to perform at a level that we are not able to, can we? Imagine that you have completed a self-evaluation and rated your self-esteem as ‘high’ — that would equate to your confidence in your story being high as well as your confidence in your characters ability to perform in your story. However, if your measurement equates to ‘low’ — chances are high that you will be throwing away a lot of paper or deleting and re-writing a lot of scenes because you will not have the confidence in yourself, your characters or your story. There is good news in such a realization, if your self-esteem measures ‘low’ — this will be great motivation to put methods in action to increase your self-esteem to boost your own confidence which will have a domino effect — your confidence will build in your characters and your story as well.