Dear “I’m the Worst Writer Ever!” Writer,
I can guarantee you that every writer has said they're the worst writer ever at least once. More likely, several times. Even New York Times Best-Sellers have said this at one time or another. I’m sure some of them still do. When best-sellers can think their writing is crap, aren’t we in good company?
I used to have these thoughts whenever I read a really good, vividly written book. I’d sit there with the book in my hands, my jaw unhinged, and I’d be thinking, I don’t write like this. Over time, as I grew as a writer, I stopped having these thoughts. I came to realize I don’t need to write like the authors I admired, because I write like myself, and that is good enough.
You don’t need to be like anyone else or write like anyone else. You are enough. Your writing is enough.
There are some things you can do to help your confidence, though:
1. Take a writing improvement course or a writing class at your local college. Universal Class offers online courses. You can take as many as you want with a one-year subscription that costs $189. They have writing and grammar courses.
2. Go to writing workshops or seminars. Many can be found online.
3. Read books on the writing craft.
4. Join writing groups. This could be critique groups or organizations like Romance Writers of America.
Daily mantras for you to say to yourself:
- I am a good writer.
- I may not write like [name of your favorite author], but I write like [your name].
- My words mean something.
- My books will get published because God gave me this passion and these story ideas for a reason.
Believe these mantras with every fiber of your being, send it out to the universe, and they will happen.