A little while ago, someone asked me to do a blog post on confidence and how to become confident in your writing.
It’s a good topic, isn’t it? Are you confident in your writing? And if so, how did you become confident? If you’re not confident… how does that affect your writing?
On a scale of one to ten, with ten being the most confident, I’d say I’m around an eight. I say that, not because I think my writing is amazing, but because I’ve read enough to know when something is wrong. I can churn out a first draft and know it’s awful, but I can also work on it and know when it’s starting to come together even if it still needs a lot of work. So that’s why I’m confident. I’m detached enough to know when something isn’t working.
I’m also confident because I’ve worked with a lot of beta-readers and critique partners and my writing has improved so much in the last six months. I’ve learnt a lot about the mechanics of writing and storytelling, so I really feel like my writing is in a better place.
I think that’s the only way to gain confidence in your writing. Write a lot, take critique’s on board and see an improvement. That’s where my confidence came from.
What about you guys? Are you confident in your writing? Or do you hide it from the world?
On a side note, my mum (being the proud mum that she is) entered me in the Best Australian Blogging Awards. So if you have a spare couple of seconds, feel free to vote for me. I’m listed as Jodie Llewellyn.