Monday, February 8, 2010

Self Doubt

Self doubt. We all have it, right? I want to have faith in my book, but there are so many writers out there that I'm competing against. I'm afraid of that narrow line between arrogance and confidence. I've never been particularly arrogant about myself, but when it comes to reading other people's ideas and writing...I feel myself being judgmental, and I hate that. And I know other people are judging my work and I want to know what they think...but I fear it, too. What if I just THINK I'm good? It's all a matter of opinion.


Shelley Sly said...

Hmm... I've been having similar feelings lately. I spent a lot of time today reading agent/editor/author blogs, and though the news of others' successes make me feel good (as in, "Wow, agents really do request full manuscripts. Maybe I have a chance.") at the same time, I wonder if every accepted MS in my genre is a strike against mine.
I've been told that in the arts, you have to believe you're good, or no one else will. So I know what you mean about that line between arrogance and confidence. I've never been the most confident of the bunch, either.
I know I'm still new to your blog and you don't know me at all, but if you ever want any advice, or just want to vent to each other about anything, I'd be up for it. :)

Shelley Sly said...

I'm back to let you know that I gave you an award on my blog. :)

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