How do you handle self-doubt when writing? If you lose faith in your writing, do you push through, or start something else?

~ Anonymous, Timmins ON


Self-doubt is an entirely human reaction and we all experience it from time to time. Every writer has had that nagging voice in their head asking them if they are good enough or if their story is interesting enough.

When this happens, it’s imperative that you don’t give up.

You may want to work on another, smaller project for a little while before returning to your book, or you may choose to just push through until the end. Either method is fine, and we all have our own ways to handle the self-doubt, so you need to find what works for you.

Whatever you decide, make sure that you keep going. A writer improves their skill by writing. If you stop, you’re not going to get better. Your writer’s journey is a personal growth that should be more for your benefit than that of your potential readers. It doesn’t matter if your first book never gets published. What’s important is that you finished it, and you learned from the experience.

Allow yourself to be a beginner – nobody starts off being excellent.