It Takes More Than Lofty Goals and a Positive Self-Image to be a Writer
Confidence isn't always a good thing
Confidence isn’t always a good thing.
Sure, having a positive self-image, sparkling smile, and optimistic attitude can get you places. In fact, without those very attributes, you may never have the courage to do or say the things that have brought you success.
The problem? Sometimes confidence morphs into ego. And when that transformation takes place, we lose the ability to approach life with a neutral mindset.
I’m pretty sure you know what I’m talking about. You may know someone who’s very comfortable boasting about their talent and abilities without filters. Maybe you’re on the guilty side of that mindset from time to time as well.
Walking the thin line between confidence and self-accolades is tricky business.
Finding a mental balance is critical when approaching your writing career. And being open to continuing education without barriers or prejudice can make the difference in the trajectory of your success — and whether a reader wants to stick around for more.
Here’s a short excerpt from Please God, Make Me a Writer that may provide some guidance on finding the kind of support and encouragement we all need — every day.
Maturing as a Writer Comes at a Cost
I know what you’re thinking …
“I’m already mature, very mature. I’ve been writing for years and know my way around a story. Besides, writing is in my blood — I live and breathe by the words I write. In fact, I can eat, type, answer text messages, and edit my work all at the same time. I’ve got skills!”
Kudos on the multi-tasking abilities and high level of confidence.
While admirable in their own right, that’s not exactly what I’m talking about.
It takes more than a positive self-image and finely-honed juggling act to be a mature person. Especially when it comes to writing — an arena many enter with high hopes and dreams of success, without considering how few will actually survive unscathed by the experience.
Personally, I’m still in the formative stages.
Occasionally, I’ve been taken down a peg or two in my naïve wanderings of the literary world after encountering those with advice to offer and lessons to teach.
Despite the blow to my self-worth, I’m continuing along the road to maturing as a writer — and keeping my eyes open for a few friends along the way.
I’m optimistic in my endeavors, knowing someday — if I’m lucky enough and can keep my overly-sensitive feelings from holding me back — I may ultimately attain immunity from my delicate ego.
Until that time, I’m taking note of a few signs and changes in attitude that may suggest I’m on the right track toward such a lofty goal. Maybe you’ll recognize some of these clues in your own approach to writing …
Thanks for reading this excerpt from Please God, Make Me a Writer. For a look inside, watch the Book Trailer on my YouTube Channel — right here.
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Jill Reid is the author of Please God, Make Me A Writer, Real Life, Discover Your Personal Truth, and Life in Small Doses. Her books, videos, and newsletters explore writing, life, relationships, and personal success strategies for building the skills and confidence you need to achieve your dreams.
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