Do you believe in yourself as a writer? What do you tell yourself when you feel hopeless about your writing?
I have faced countless doubts and feelings of inadequacy about my writing and the right to call myself a writer. I start telling myself that nobody will ever read my writing or that I should trash my whole novel and find something better to write. I find myself comparing my writing to that of published authors (who have probably been writing much longer than I have). To make matters worse, I often compare my first draft to their published writing. I forget that published authors go through revision too! Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels this way. 😉 I ask myself, will I ever be able to write as well as so and so? Can I really get published? Am I wasting my time?
Recently I realized that I needed something to tell myself when these feelings overcame me.
I began thinking about myself as a writer. And I realized that in the end, the only thing that matters is my passion for writing. I love it. I can’t not write. So, while I truly believe that I have the talent and ability to be a published author someday, that’s not what really matters. Even if I knew without any uncertainty that I would never be published, I would still write.
When I remind myself of this, whatever is dragging me down that day—not writing as well as someone else or feeling —no longer matters. I’ve started telling myself I am passionate. I am a writer.
I have a writer’s affirmation.
A Writer’s Affirmation Will Make You a Motivated Writer
What is a Writer’s Affirmation?
Affirmation means the action of noting that something exists or is true, often in regards to emotional support and encouragement. Synonyms include declaration, assertion, and proclamation. So, a writer’s affirmation is essentially a true statement that affirms something encouraging about you as a writer. It’s basically a mantra.
Why You Need a Writer’s Affirmation
Having a writer’s affirmation can make being a writer so much easier. Let’s face it, the life of a writer is hard. I believe that there will always be aspects of writing that cause self-doubt and the urge to give up. Writing can also be difficult because there is so much that a writer cannot control. It is not the writer’s decision if a publisher will publish their book. It is not a writer’s decision if readers will like their book. But if, at the end of the day, you have your writer’s affirmation you will always have something positive to keep you going.
Because you only truly fail when you choose to give up.
How to Create Your Writer’s Affirmation
Your writer’s affirmation can be just about anything you want it to be. But there are a few things you might want to keep in mind. As the definition of affirmation states, it needs to be true. You won’t feel very encouraged if you’re lying to yourself every time you say your writer’s affirmation. It also needs to be something you believe. If it’s true but you don’t believe it, it won’t encourage you.
A writer’s affirmation also needs to be something that you can control. I have the goal of being published by the time I am 30. And with self-publishing, I suppose I could make that happen. But I really would love to be published by a publishing house. And I believe I can be. But I can’t control it. I cannot ever force a publishing company to publish my writing. So an affirmation about being published by age 30 is no good.
I think the best way to create your writer’s affirmation is to think about what writing really means to you. Why are you a writer? What kind of writer do you want to be? What goals do you have that you know you can control and achieve? Answering these questions will guide you to your writer’s affirmation.
What do you do when you don’t feel good enough as a writer? What will your writer’s affirmation be?