Boosting Author Confidence

Boosting Author Confidence

Confidence

Confidence

 

Boosting author confidence can be challenging. This is especially so when you want to become a self-published author.

Imposter syndrome

The self-publishing industry demands resilience, self-promotion, and a thick skin. Many authors grapple with imposter syndrome. This is a common phenomenon because you want to be accepted and you want to feel safe, you want to belong and not feel rejected.

The gremlins of fear, doubt and shame bombard you with negative self-talk:

“You haven’t got what it takes!”

“You’re hopeless!”

“You can’t write!”

“Everyone else writes better!”

This can result in becoming a perfectionist, a procrastinator, or suffering writing paralysis. You feel the need to please people. You experience feelings of self-doubt, inadequacy, and fear of even being exposed as a fraud.

To thrive and succeed in the competitive world of writing and self-publishing you must overcome these feelings of not being good enough or lacking in self-worth.

Belief and confidence

Believing in your abilities as a writer and self-publisher is crucial for success in the competitive world of publishing.

Confidence in your craft fuels motivation, perseverance, and creativity. It empowers you to push through challenges, rejection, and self-doubt. When you trust in your skills, you can navigate the ups and downs of the writing and publishing process with resilience and determination.

Embracing your unique voice, honing your skills, and believing in the value of your work, you can bring your writing to life, connect with readers, and carve out your path in the literary world.

Strategies

boosting author confidence

Here are five (5) key strategies to boost your confidence as an author and self-publisher.

1. Focus on your value

The first is to build your confidence as a self-published author by focusing on the value of your work and the passion that drives your creative endeavours. Recognise that your unique voice, perspective, and writing abilities have intrinsic worth and deserve to be shared with the world.

2. Celebrate achievements

Celebrate your achievements, no matter how small, and acknowledge the dedication and effort you have put into honing your craft.

3. Cultivate a support network

Cultivate a supportive network of fellow writers, mentors, coaches, and industry professionals who can provide encouragement, feedback, and guidance. Engaging with like-minded individuals can help combat feelings of isolation, connect you with valuable resources and opportunities, and offer a sense of solidarity in the face of common challenges.

4. Set realistic goals

Setting realistic goals, celebrating milestones, and acknowledging your progress along the way can help boost your confidence and motivation as a self-published author. Remember that growth is a gradual process, and each step forward, no matter how small, contributes to your development as a writer.

5. Believe in your abilities

Ultimately, building confidence as a self-published author requires self-awareness, perseverance, and a belief in your abilities. Embrace your unique voice, trust in your creative vision, and continue to push past self-imposed limitations to unlock your full potential as a writer.

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Marji Hill

Author and Coach

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