Thursday, March 15, 2018

How to Write With Confidence

As a writer I always worry that what I write isn't good enough or liked by anyone, and this can feel like a black cloud hovering over my head sometimes, and is a hard feeling to shake.

That crisis of conscience can hit when times are hard, and often leave you with writer's block.  Not really knowing what your next move should be.

We live in a world where big things are expected from us all of the time, which is a lot to handle when you're trying to live your life as well.

Sometimes all it takes is to step back and drop down a gear, put things into perspective, and not panic.
Sounds so simple I know.

Often the simplest things can be the hardest things to do because we think we're just going to fail if we try.

Instead of feeling like a failure when times are hard try these tips to boost your writing confidence.

1. You're a Writer and No One Can Tell You Otherwise

Gone are the days when you had writing aspirations, you're a writer, so deal with it!

2. Mistakes are Meant to be Made

Quit worrying about doing it wrong all of the time!  You make mistakes and learn from them.  There are no set rules or instructions to follow, you've just got to knuckle down and do it come what may.

3. You're Good Enough to Know How Bad You Your Writing Is

A really good writer knows when he/she needs to make improvements.  A bad writer will carry on doing the same mistakes over and over again.

4. Ask Yourself Why You Started Writing in the First Place

When you started writing you were doing it because you loved it so much.

5. Make More Time During the Day to Write

Give yourself plenty of time to write and think, this will take the pressure off when life gets in the way.

6. Set Yourself a Writing Routine

Create your own writing routine, seek out the best time during the day that you feel fresh enough to write then make it a habit.   Write everyday if you can.

7. Talent is Overrated

Writing is a skill that needs to be nurtured and grown.  Stop worrying if you think you're not talented enough.

8. Get the Right Kind of Support

Having a good support network around you makes all the difference. 

9. Kill that Frustration

Are you tired of seeing other writer's get book deals and feel like you're left out in the cold?  These feelings do nothing but hold you back, get rid of them and move on.  Make improvements if they need to be made.  Don't let that kind of frustration hold you back.

10. Collect All of Your Positive Compliments

Negative compliments can weigh you down, take note of all of the positive reviews and comments you have, and keep them as a permanent record.  Don't be swayed by negative words.

11. Criticism Isn't Personal

As hard as it is to believe criticism is just someone else's opinion and something you can actually learn from.  You need to toughen up and keep going.  Over time you'll get better at handling the negativity that comes your way..

12. Stay Curious and Always Looking to Learn New Things

There's nothing wrong in wanting to be more confident with your writing and learning some new skills along the way.  Try reading more and find out what other writers have to say.

13. Make a List Your Ideas

Carry a notebook around with you and write down the ideas that come into your head straight away. You can go through each idea with a fresh set of eyes when you're ready to write them down.

14. Nurture Your Ideas

If you can't think of information to support your article, wait a few days.  Let your article idea slowly grow in your head, and anything that comes into your mind, write it down .  You'll have all the information you need when the time comes to write your article out.

15. Refine Before Your Thoughts Before You Start

If you're overrun with ideas at the beginning, take action and write down the good stuff.

16. Use Bullet or Numbered Points

Simplify your article with numbers or bullet points.  You don't need to shift from one idea to the next. Lists are easier on the eye so they'll benefit your reader.

17. If You Have Writer's Block Come Back to it Later

Never force your words out.  Put it to one side and concentrate on something else.  You can even go between blog posts, and "kill two birds with one stone".  This will save you loads of time.

18. Don't Hold onto Your Good Ideas

If you have a list of ideas and you think you should save the best till last, don't! All of your information is fresh in your mind making your articles easier to write. Start on the articles you know are the easiest to write and work your way down your list.
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