Blogger: Rachel Kent
The Olympics have me thinking about confidence these days. I think those gymnasts must go into their routines feeling confident or else they would mess up each time because of shaky limbs. Same with athletes in every sport. You don’t get to the Olympics by doubting yourself.
In the publishing world, most everyone is insecure at first about letting others read something they’ve written, but through little encouragements confidence grows to the point a writer is ready to submit a manuscript or proposal to editors and agents.
A sample journey to confidence might look something like this:
May has always loved reading and writing. She received good grades on her English papers and creative writing assignments during college. She’s decided that she wants to publish a story. Her good grades have given her enough confidence to submit a short story to a local magazine. The magazine picks up the story, and May receives encouraging reviews from the editor and some readers. She then writes her first novel and nervously allows a few of her friends to read it. They offer some advice on how she could improve the story, but overall they have a lot of praise for her writing. Her confidence has been built up enough to submit her revised novel to an online critique group–allowing strangers to read her book for the first time. Her online group praises her writing, and she then feels confident enough to query agents and editors, with the ultimate goal of getting her book out there for a large audience.
It’s easy to see that May’s confidence could have been squelched at any point and that could have been enough to discourage her to the point of quitting. Thankfully fictional May took those first steps toward publication even though they were scary for her.
Now I’d like to hear about your journey to confidence in your writing. Sharing your story could encourage another writer to continue down the road to publication. Everyone will have a different story and will have faced different obstacles. Here are some questions to help prompt you.
Where are you in your confidence journey?
What has built your confidence the most?
Has anything or anybody squelched your confidence? How did you recover?