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Sitting down to write is a deeply vulnerable, emotional experience. And a writing career is an emotional roller coaster. Sometimes, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world; other times, you’ll feel like the gum on the bottom of somebody’s shoe. In the face of countless emotionally charged circumstances, is it any wonder that most writers will struggle with low confidence and poor self-esteem at some point in their careers?

Confidence issues can strike creative writers at any time. New writers dream of the day when a big writing award or book deal finally “entitles” them to feel confident, while veteran writers long for the easy confidence they had before they needed to live up to the expectations of their audiences in a world full of critics, haters, and trolls.

If you’re hoping for a long career as a writer, learning to maintain a healthy sense of confidence is key to preventing writer burnout during every stage of your journey.

The Truth About Where Writing Confidence Comes From

Feelings of confidence are closely connected to feelings of empowerment. You feel confident when you feel in control — when you know what you’re doing and you know you can do it well.

Confidence and empowerment are cousins in my opinion. Empowerment comes from within and typically it’s stemmed and fostered by self-assurance. To feel empowered is to feel free and that’s when people do their best work. You can’t fake confidence or empowerment. — Amy Jo Martin

1.Step back. Take a vacation day from writing and reading — and from thinking about reading and writing. Unplug entirely. When worries about your future as a writer arise, gently let them go. You don’t need them today. Tomorrow, you can decide if you still want them — or if you got along fine without them.

2. Grab a notepad. Write down the absolute worst-case scenario of what could happen to you in your writing career. Look your worst fears square in the face. Write down the yuckiest, most terrible future you could think of for your publishing goals.

Then consider this question: So what?

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I enjoyed this article on writing and communicating. Learned a new great word, euphony (the quality of being pleasing to the ear).

https://fee.org/articles/the-five-virtues-of-a-good-writer/

The essence is this quote, by author Henry Hazlitt:

“The reader who seeks to write well and think well should aim first at the essential qualities—coherence, clarity, precision, simplicity, and brevity. Euphony and rhythm are of course also desirable, but they are like the final rubbing on a fine piece of furniture—finishing touches justified only if the piece has been soundly made. As a method of procedure, the apprentice writer may often find it advisable first of all to root out his faults. He should try to acquire the Five Virtues of Coherence, Clarity, Precision, Simplicity, and Brevity by vigilant abstention from the Five Vices of Incoherence, Obscurity, Vagueness, Pedantry, and Circumlocution.”

Beautiful.

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