Thursday, December 23, 2010

Overcoming Discouragement

I try not to end up in this funk, but about once a week it creeps up behind me and sinks its teeth into me. I’m talking about self doubt. I know logically I shouldn’t feel this way. I’ve hit many milestones I thought completely unattainable in a matter of months. That doesn’t make it any easier or make it go away faster and logic doesn't mean anything to that tiny voice whipsering 'you suck.'

As writers and artist in general it can be hard to overcome the self doubt. The voice in the back of your head saying you’re not good enough. It can be even harder at times. Because as writers we put ourselves out there and by doing that we open ourselves up to criticism that few others can understand.
So to combat the depression and self doubt here are some suggestions from some other writers who suffer the same ailment.
So write. Even when you don't feel like it.
When I think something like I can't do this...I generally force myself to think something like "I can do this."
I would suggest trying to pinpoint the triggers and then neutralize them if possible.
And if that doesn't work, I find that glomming cookies often shuts that b*tch up.
Dare to defy that inner critic.
That's the cool thing about indie publishing - you can have the time of your life with it.  So do that.  You are the boss.  You get to write to please YOU.
To get the voice in the back of your head to shut up:  Realize it's your voice (unless your niece is standing behind you).  Now, tell yourself to stop it or there's going to be trouble.  I'm talking about BIG trouble.


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