Writing can be the ultimate way of expressing yourself and can also make you feel really good about yourself if your work receives a good response. One of the biggest milestones in every writer’s life is to publish their own book; it can be an incredibly rewarding experience but getting there can be a painful and challenging journey. The road to having your own book will be riddled with obstacles that one must overcome to make progress, the two biggest obstacles will be you frequently doubting your own work and a generous amount of confusion.
Self-doubt can be a crippling thing; especially if you are working on a book for the first time, however it can also be easy to overcome if you know what kind of work you want to produce. When writing, make a list of what you want to be able to accomplish with your work and frequently check whether your work checks all the boxes or not. The requirements of your writing will depend on what sort of book you want to pen, if it is an informative one then you will want your writing to sound factual and confident, if it is an inspirational book then you will want it to sound motivational and uplifting and so on.
Another way of overcoming your self-doubt can be to keep the editing and revision of your work for the end, keep on writing whatever comes to your mind and then go through your work once you are done or have reached a certain goal. This way you can keep your confidence from being effected by your mistakes while you are in the process of writing and also focus more on generating new content rather than on fixing mistakes. Setting a measurable goal for every writing session is also a great way of keeping your self-doubt at bay; a minimum word count for every writing session will force you to make progress, which can often lead to your self-doubt lessening.
Self-doubt is only half of the problem; most writers deal with confusion in the later stages of their writing when they begin compiling their work, confusion can lead to things such as writer’s block and can often result in one feeling unsatisfied with what they have produced. The best remedy for confusion is to get help from other sources, look for guides and writing tips online, discuss your work with people who are close to you and just take your time going through your own work.
Once you learn how to keep your doubts at bay and manage your work in a well enough manner, you will automatically begin producing content that is impactful and you can present to people without having to get anxious or insecure. Remember, writing is all about knowing how to express yourself; something that one can only learn with patience and practice.