We’re writers. Most of us are introverts; we doubt ourselves and our skills. We fear judgement. We hesitate.
What if my book isn’t good enough? What if everyone hates it?
Yes. That could very well happen. It’s not an irrational fear. The key is not letting it stop you. Sometime soon, I will discuss how to defeat all those "Writerly Fears" you have, but today is about knowing you are worth it. These are the tell-tale signs that your book is worth reading (and hence worth publishing). Read on and be encouraged! Remember; even if you only have one or two of these, they are all signs. It doesn't matter if you haven't got all of them. You just need one to know, really.
1: Incessant Thought
No matter what you are doing, your book is always on your mind. The plot, the characters, the world, snippets of dialogue, and epic scenes run through your head. It’s almost annoying sometimes! These thoughts keep you up at night and sometimes slip into your dream world. The story is your obsession; your passion. It’s your favorite thing to do in all your free time. These incessant thoughts pounce at all times, driving you to write.
2: Ideas Always Strike
Anytime of day, any moment, any second, an idea will strike. Your always ready for it, carrying a handy notebook and something to write with where ever you go. Your notes are everywhere.
3: Continual Ramblings
You’re always muttering something under your breath or talking about your book! Be it a line of dialogue, or a beautiful sentence you’ve constructed in your head, or that plot point you just can’t seem to get past. Your book is not just a part of you; it becomes who you are.
4: Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite!
In your eyes, the writing is never good enough. You revise and rewrite, scrap and start over, reorganize, and reattempt. Striving always for perfection.
5: Hesitant Sharing
Because you are so worried about perfection, you don’t like to share it. What if no one likes it? What if it’s not good enough? Family members and friends love it, telling you it will inspire others and touch their lives, but they are of a more biased variety; you know this and so you doubt. When you do share with others (of a less-biased variety, needless to say) you will find that what your family tells you is true. Even so, you continue to doubt. You need constant reassurance and encouragement.
6: Enduring Passion
You receive rejections letters, cruel words, disheartening comments, and hateful reviews. But no matter what, something calls you back to the story. Something brings you back.
Steven Pressfield shared some of the wisest words ever "If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends) 'Am I REALLY a Writer? Am I REALLY an Artist?' Chances are, you are. The counterfeit is wildly self-confident. The Real One is scared to death." I want to expand upon this quote a little further. The real one is scared to death, but they don’t let that fear cause them to lose sight of where they are headed. Doubts can slow, but never fully stop up, the flow of this story.
Don’t let anyone tell you that you will never be good enough; chances are, those people are bringing you down because they have to have someone they feel is inferior to them. Because they themselves know that they are the ones who are inferior. That being said, be open and willing to accept thoughtful and constructive criticisms.
I hope you found this helpful and fun! Thank you so much for taking a peek!
I love hearing from you! Don’t hesitate to comment below if there is any particular subject you would like me to address in my next post. Also, feel free to share how these signs encouraged and grew you as a writer! Was there anything I missed?
Thanks for the read!
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