Can I share something with you?
My writing suffered a Charlie-horse of apocalyptic proportions last week: it felt overworked, stiff, and left me limping around and defenseless against these lying heifers:
Self-doubt—she crept in. This is how I pushed her out.
-Fiction: When my words become uptight, (of the clutched-pearls, and teacup, pinky-up variety)—I read my novel. Why mine? Because I wrote it; I poured every part of who I am into that book and I adore it. It reminds me that, YES!, I can do this. I can weave words into glorious prose that provokes emotion, that embodies a character so wholly; it was if the reader had walked a life alongside them.
Kick self-doubt’s two-ton behind by looking at what you’ve accomplished already. Revel in the great works you’ve done. *Toot toot* your big brass horn until you’re out of breath from cheering on your own awesomeness!
-Keep it moving: Self-doubt is crippling—her job is to see you in the hallway and give you the scathing side-eye that keeps you frozen at your locker until she’s gone. But she moves out of your mind a lot quicker when you keep moving. I’ve spent the past few days gathering info on companies I’d love to work with, and ideas on creative ways to snag their attention. It’s taken my mind off of my heifers and on being productive.
Productivity is self-doubt’s steely opponent. She’s totally on your side!
-Make room for inspiration: Inspiration’s a word that gets thrown around a lot but it works. I’ll look for inspiration in different areas. Fiona Apple lyrics are the most beautiful composition of words I’ve ever heard—they reinvigorate my own compositions. The colors and graphics on Design Love Fest are pure fun and energy and make me excited to create. Alycia Hall made my night with one tweet: ‘Smile. You’re exactly where you need to be.’ And Geri Jewitt’s contest entry that read “Be kind, Be brave, Believe” made my heart happy.
Give the gift of being kind to yourself, being brave for yourself, and believing in yourself.
And have an awesome time receiving it!