Some days the story almost writes itself, doesn’t it? So, how can a writer keep and grow the confidence that feeds authorial mojo?
Maintain Writing Confidence.
- Dismiss the chattering, critical interior back-monkey. Your deep interest in the work is a great sign of talent. That said, keep an open mind to adding new skills.
- Relax, keep company with writers you admire (I spend a lot of time with PG Wodehouse, although he passed on some time ago.) All of them had to maintain confidence in themselves.
- Still feeling unmotivated? Get some rather thrilling goals going. Go for a walk and imagine the shelf of books, the acceptance speech, the book cover, the lovely review, the cheque in the inbox.
You have the aptitude, or you wouldn’t want to take the time to do the work. As for outside critics, it may be worth keeping in mind what Anthony Hopkins said. “It’s none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am, and I do what I do.”
I hope you’ll have another great week in your writing career.
Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries was long listed for the 2018 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, and won the May 2018 Literary Titan Book Award. Thanks for that, lovely to hear.
Mel Anastasiou writes The Fairmount Manor Mysteries series, starring Mrs Stella Ryman, The Hertfordshire Pub Mysteries series, starring Spencer Stevens, and the Monument Studio Mysteries starring Frankie Ray. She is a founding editor of Pulp Literature Press.