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January 18, 2015

What To Do When You Start Doubting Your Work

You might fall into this cycle where some days you love what you've written and other days you come back to your words and think what in the world was I trying to say.

We've all been there, thought something was great only to change it the next day in the hopes that we find some way better to express ourselves.

But what if it feels like a never ending cycle. Or worse, you feel good about your work, but then others criticize rather than praise what you've created. Do you hide under your covers and think negative thoughts about yourself and your work for weeks or do you write on?

As a writer it's easy to succumb to doubt. Not only because the act of writing is putting ourselves out there, but also the world of writing is so subjective. It's so subjective that a lot of rejection has nothing to do with the writing itself and more to do with whether it resonates with the person reading it.

What I've learned over the years is that it's actually healthy to doubt our work.

It's a good sign that you care about what you're working on and you believe that if you can just master it, you'll be able to reach the most people with your words that you can.

Doubt is good.

If we didn't doubt our value at times we wouldn't be able to increase our value. We have to question ourselves to make sure we are on the right path, doing what we want to be doing. Writing what we need to.

Doubt is really a way to slow us down and take some time to think about the work we are doing and what our intention behind it is and if we are following through in a way that we respect.

Doubt makes us believe in ourselves more. It forces us to write on. To write through the fear.

So what to do when doubt starts to take over and you feel like you want to give up?

Remember your purpose.
Remember why you are doing what you're doing, your message.
Then pat yourself on the back knowing that your words are valuable and what you have to say is necessary.
Then, write on.


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