Pages – Thirty One
Word Count – 10,788
Well, it happened.
Four days in and that crippling self doubt struck.
I’d just sat down with a nice cup of tea to gird my loins and then the page stared back at me. Ugh!
Self doubt is a frequent visitor of mine. It usually strikes even if my ideas are really good. To me, self doubt is a sign that I’m on the right track. To some, it can be a real deterrent and inspiration drainer.
If you’re suffering from self doubt here is three quick tips to resolve the
1. Take 5 – 10 minutes before you start writing and take part in a writing exercise. You can do this by finding a writing prompt. My favourite site is seventhsanctum.com. Not only do they do opening lines but they do names, characters and plot generators, too. This will give you some peace of mind. Surely the writing that you do won’t be a complete disaster and it should enable you to write more confidently.
2. If you are at the sharing stage with your writing you might find it useful to start logging people’s comments – only the positive ones. That’s not to say that you need to ignore the negative criticism completely. Put them in a notebook and whenever it strikes you can pull it out and take a look at it. It’s bound to scare that pesky blighter away.
3. If all else fails then come away from it. Take 10- 15 minutes and put on some silly songs and dance like no one’s watching. Just make sure that the blinds are closed. Nothing more embarrassing than a neighbour seeing you shake your thing. Then again. It makes for a very comical prompt. All those feel good endorphins will pound that critical voice into oblivion.
I hope that this will help you on your journey through NaNoWriMo.
Self doubt comes to the best of us.
Keep on striving.