This is a short companion piece to what I wrote on Monday. I didn't want to leave like that and so this post was written *superhero pose*
I am a kick-ass writer. Excuse my language, but I need to say that again. I am a kick-ass writer.
I know it sounds a little odd, but don’t worry I only really ever say that phrase in my head. I do say it many times to be honest.
Like all writers, I get crushed by self-doubt and fear. It’s enough that I really can’t even think about writing when those negative feelings are present. It usually occurs in cycle so I’m good about knowing when a mood like that’s going to turn up. And while I haven’t found a cure, I’ve found pretty good way of staving it off or at least reducing the blow.
It’s with that simple statement: I am a kick-ass writer.
Henry Ford said “Whether you are or you aren’t—you’re right.” Well I applied that to my fears and doubts about being a writer. So whenever I feel self-doubt, I deny it with the fact that I am a kick-ass writer. I repeat that phrase until I have some momentum and I can smile.
Our expectations and thoughts are a tricky thing. I’m very quick to assume the worst and I’m definitely more pessimistic than optimistic, but I realize with writing, I can’t be that way. Because if I’m feeling pessimistic about my writing, anything I write will be crap. And to ignore the self-doubt and the tiny little voice in my head that says I’m not good enough, I shout back that I am a kick-ass writer. And even though I’m not the best writer, I’m learning. And one day I really am going to be the epitome kick-ass writer. There’s nothing left to it.
But until that day, I’m going to keep repeating that simple statement because it’s going to come true. It’s going to take some time, but I’m going to get there.
Do you guys have a quick way to pull yourself out of the spiral of doubt? Care to share?