I bet most, if not every writer and author goes through self-doubt at some point during their writing life. Nagging thoughts invade my brain saying, ‘I’m not good enough.’ ‘Why don’t you just give up?’ ‘You’ll never earn money writing.’ It is so hard to get over these awful doubts and they keep creeping back to haunt me. When I get negative feedback and reviews the voices resurge with a vengeance. It doesn’t matter how much good feedback I’ve had, one bad review can make me throw my arms up in the air and hover the curser over ‘unpublish this book.’
The only thing I can do is push the doubting thoughts to the back of my mind and keep going. If I don’t give up, if I keep writing and reading and researching then I can only get better. I can’t please everyone with my writing, I make mistakes, learn from them and move on. When you love doing what you do the outcome is logical. I put a lid on the nagging thoughts and move forward. Strive to improve and learn from the past. Do the best I can.
Have you had self-doubt and how do you battle it?