Self-doubt can be a sumo wrestler that sits on your chest and yells in your face. It tells you that you can’t write, who are you to be a writer, who would even what to read your work and what you create? It’s not work.
Self-doubt is the roommate that won’t move out, and will never seem to get off your back about dishes or laundry and eats the good leftovers you asked them not to.
But there is a way for you to make it better, to make it move. And it will never not involve work, or belief in yourself or writing. There is no other way.
Believe in every word.
Self-doubt can ever motivate or cripple your ability to create. This sumo wrestler will taunt you and tease you until you collapse on the floor. Once you are on the floor, it’ll sit on you to make sure every portion of your that is writer and creative is dead. It will make sure that you won’t do anything your mind has already seen.
Push off the sumo wrestler.
In becoming a writer, in writing, you must be able to contend with sumo wrestlers whom become inner demons hellbent on never letting your write another word–and the only way to shut them up is to write, and keep writing. Your talent and your own ability must sync together to form an army—there is no other way to shut the hoards that oppose you.
Today, at your reading of this, you have the power to shut up the wrestler sitting on your chest, pining you to the floor telling you not just that you cannot, but you will not.
That story on your desktop or in the drawer? Read it again.
That idea you have been rolling around, and scared to write down? Write it down.
That person in your life, intimate partner or casual acquaintance, whom tells you being a writer is a pipe dream? You must decide what voice, what desire will carry more weight–your desire to write or the desire to please someone else whom does not value what is important to you.
Rage against the dying of the light–don’t let the sumo wrestlers and inner demons kill the words.
Jennifer P. Harris
Founder, Shekinah Glory Writing Services