Let’s Talk: Doubt

‘What if my idea is bad?’ ‘What if I can’t finish this?’ ‘What if no one reads this?’

We’re a few days into our stories and I’ll bet my left arm that a few of you have asked this question before.

We’ve all had them — the what ifs, the nibbles of doubt. I have them every other week, I swear. And once they get a little taste of our uncertainty, they never leave us alone.

But your idea is great! You made it.

Everything you write is important, because writing is a process that requires a lot of self-teaching. Reading up on how to write better, learning from good writing advice (and even learning from bad writing advice), only takes you so far. You can’t truly learn unless you do it. Writing is learning from mistakes. Writing is also learning from successes. But we can’t learn unless we actually do it.

Writing this book for you is important because you want to write it. Who cares if there’re potential problems? Write it because you want to. You should always write for yourself before you worry about what anyone else thinks, and writing this story could teach you how to write the next story better. Writing this story might actually help you think critically, about how you can improve its flaws and make it work. You might even discover that many of your qualms are actually only in your head.

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In short, write your story. Write the heck out of it. Be passionate. Let yourself fall in love with it. Don’t hold back. You just never know what you’re capable of, no matter how much you have or haven’t written. If this story ends up working out, awesome! If it doesn’t, now you’re better prepared for the next book.

https://keyboardsmashwriters.tumblr.com/post/47660067585/writing-a-story-thats-doomed-to-suck

‘Yeah, but—’ NO BUTS. This is where you imagine me smacking your hand. 

Just. Write. Keep going.

Kirste x

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