As I write this, my inbox is full of questions from fellow writers struggling to succeed. As I read your questions I hear myself in them:
What am I doing wrong?
How do I get noticed?
How do I overcome self-doubt?
Trust me, I know what it’s like to hit the wall. I also know what it’s like to go through it and find what’s on the other side. Today I’m going to start showing you how to do the same.
Over the years I’ve learned how to identify and correct four toxic mistakes that every fiction writer makes at some point. These mistakes will kill your fiction and, if you don’t overcome them, will keep you stuck for years.
Strange as it may seem, nevertheless, writers keep making the same mistakes over and over, even many seasoned writers (including me for many years.) So I’m going to break down four of the most deadly mistakes fiction writers seem addicted to in this blog post.
And I’m going to show you how easy it is to overcome them so that you can chase away self doubt and write amazing stories. To make it super simple, I’ll use one word for each mistake. Fair enough?
But before I address the first, let me say something about insecurity. It plagues all writers. All writers.
The problem with self doubt is that it changes the way the neurons in the brain fire, shifting valuable energy away from the creative centers of the mind to those responsible for simple survival.
Like a computer that’s overloaded with cleanup processes, the processing power left for running new creative programs is severely limited and you get the spinning wheel of death. It’s just a neurological fact, not in the least bit mysterious if you know how the brain works.
Self doubt is a monster, no two ways about it. It’s the antagonist in the story of your own writing career.
But self doubt isn’t a mistake. It’s a simple condition or symptom of a disease, and that disease is simple misunderstanding. Ignorance is the mistake and I’m here to help you clear that up so you can write the story hiding in your heart.
It’s much easier than you might think. Far too many books overcomplicate the process.
Think of writing like shooting a rifle at a target range. If you don’t know how to fire the rifle, or have never learned how to aim properly, or have taken some shots but never hit the target, you’re naturally filled with self doubt, yes? Once you overcome the simple mistakes you’re making, hitting the target is much easier and your confidence grows, and as it does, you start placing more rounds in the bull’s-eye. Boom!
Writing incredible fiction is much easier than most writers realize. So let’s go on with the business of freeing you from what’s holding you back.
Here we go.