Have you ever caught yourself holding back whenever you want to release your content to the public for fear of being criticized? Well, I have, but guess what! I did it afraid and I got recognition, many persons appreciated my content, what if I held back?
Just like my former self, many writers often struggle with fears and limiting emotions when it comes to writing and sharing their content.
It’s either they find it difficult to write or they find their content unsatisfying; this plunges them into constant editing. Seems that will help, right? Nah! It doesn’t. The issue is within, not necessarily the content.
If you fall into any of these categories, then this article is for you. I have shared here some secret tips that will help you deal with your fears and limitations as a writer.
You have to understand that there’s a shadow behind writing: and as such, there are important things you need to know as a writer.
Firstly, you are not alone. Many persons struggle with writing, even top and best writers. Let me not talk about others who have given up on their writing journey because of this.
However, this attitude could be hurting your career because you could go on and on before you could finally put something down, yet you’ll never get satisfied with any of them.
If your reason for doing this is centred on what people will say, truth is, you cannot stop people from having a perception of you or your writings. But you can give yourself the best definition of what you truly want. In the proper context, feeling bad for putting something down can guide you towards mastery. Yes. You see, as you grow in your craft, you become more self-aware, you learn how much you don’t know, and that knowledge makes you humble and better.
Important questions for writers to answer
- Do you have a favourite writer?
- What do you think when you read their contents?
- Do you want to write like them?
- Do you feel embarrassed about the state of your writing after reading theirs?
- Do you fret at the gap between how much you write and how much you would like to write?
There are chances you’re condemning your writing because you’ve not focused on writing on your niche. This could also be because you don’t get comments or feedbacks each time you post on social media. As much as feedbacks are important, they shouldn’t interfere in your writing. They may take a while to come, especially when you’re still starting out, but you shouldn’t let other people’s non engagement hinder you from putting your words on paper and sharing for people to see. It’s also important to know that as you start out, you’re the main judge of your writing, and when people don’t like it, it might just be that you haven’t found your best audience yet.
See how to handle criticism as a writer here: https://www.writermag.com/writing-inspiration/the-writing-life/handling-criticism/
To this effect, Henry David wrote
The feeling of not being a good writer eventually comes when you start getting feedbacks and engagements on every post you make: to make that happen, you must:-
- Develop a daily writing habit
- Try to read everyday
- Be consistent in writing
- Always think about your audience
- Be patient and committed
- Engage in other people’s content
- Be at peace with feedbacks and criticisms and know how best to tackle them
- Never underestimate the importance of a thorough editing session
As a writer, you ought to know that to write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself. As long as you write what you wish, that’s all that matters, and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, no one can say.
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