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Beyond Doubts and Perfectionism

Writing with confidence is in essence about learning how to get past doubts and the voice of the inner critic, and making a commitment to your writing (and creative self-expression) while accepting that you might get things wrong, and cannot achieve perfection.

Perfectionism is a huge blockage to creative expression, and I’ve dug out some of the most useful posts in the archive to help you in those times when it’s got a stranglehold on you.

WRITING WITH PURPOSE AND INTENTION

How to set a positive intention that will get past the meanest of inner critics.

Reading: How Purpose Beats the Inner Critic

LEARNING TO LIVE WITH DOUBT

The impact of doubt on your writing life, learning how to live with it, and the key areas of your writing that doubt cannot touch.

Reading: 20 Things That Doubt will Do, and Three Things it Can’t

TALKING ABOUT FEAR, WRITING WITH LOVE

Reflecting on what it’s like to talk about fear, compared to the fears that crop up when it’s time to talk about love.

Reading: It’s Easy to Talk About Fear

WHEN IT’S TIME TO STOP HIDING

What it means to share more of your voice, with confidence, and a first video from me at Confident Writing. (And yes, that required getting past a lot of doubts!)

Reading: Out From Behind the Shelter of Words

IT ISN’T ALWAYS FEAR

Article exploring other things that might be going on that get too easily labelled as ‘fear’.  Biding your time doesn’t necessarily mean you’re afraid; there might be other creative processes going on.

Reading: 10 Things It Might Be, That Don’t Mean You’re Afraid

DODGING THE INNER CRITIC

How to get past some of the worst attacks of the inner critic. Reflections from personal experience.

Reading: 10 Rounds with the Inner Critic, But Still Standing

LEARNING FROM POSITIVE FEEDBACK

The importance of tuning into positive feedback, and tips for ways to start adjusting your filters.

Reading: Are You Tuning Into Positive Feedback?

Other Articles to Look Into

Round ups of articles on:

Establishing a Writing Practice

Writing with Confidence

and the archive of articles beyond doubt and perfectionism.