When I was in elementary school, my teachers from third to fifth grade, when it was time to take a test, would say:
“Eyes on your own paper.”
This piece of advice can be translated to writers. Your work, is your work. It is powered by your own imagination, your own talent and merit. Don’t short change what you are creating because you may be unsure about its outcome!
It’s always odd when I tell my writing tribe to be grateful for the doubts one has while being creative. As I said before: the doubts are a gut-check. They keep you honest! They remind you to respect your craft and keep you working at it.
It inspires discipline
It inspires learning.
It inspires building your toolkit!
With whatever you write, I want you to know the doubt is something to be thankful for–that part right before you begin.
That part RIGHTTHERE? Yeah. That’s always the scariest part. Will always be the scariest part.
But you begin so you can see how it ends.
You must see how it ends.
The doubt comes so you can listen to what the story has to say, not necessarily to what people/fans/agents/tribe want you to write. Stephen King says the story will reveal itself–you have to chisel it out of the rock of imagination.