Wining the Battle of Doubt


How many times have you watched a friend’s elation when they finished their book, got an agent, signed a contract, or just self-published?  I’m guessing it’s quite a few. I know for me it’s in the hundreds, if not thousands.
Is there a little piece of you that dies when you see their successes against your mosaic backdrop of nothingness? I know it feels that way for me. Or have you broken the barrier of self-doubt and pushed through it? We all have good and bad days. Some days are just worse than others, aren’t they?
I want to talk about self-doubt. I’m not talking about doubt in your story, your abilities, or even doubt that you can reach your goals. It’s bigger than that. It’s when you start to thinking … if I don’t finish, then I can’t fail. The problem with this idea is if you never finish, then you can’t succeed either. Are you defeating yourself in the very goals you’re trying to achieve? This happens to many people who start a novel and never finish.

Read the entire article in the November issue of InD'Tale magazine.

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