I have a friend who is creative, hilarious, and full of gumption. If she ever wrote a novel loosely based on her life, I know it would be hysterical. Women everywhere would love it. It could be the next Bridget Jones’s Diary.
But this dear friend of mine sometimes has trouble writing because of a question she asks herself. She takes a hard look at the story she wants to write and wonders, “Is this any good?”
That question will paralyze you every time. Self-doubt will keep you from moving forward. It blinds you. If you can’t see what is true, or what maybe could be true, you can’t step into it because doubt holds you captive.
Is this book worth it? Is the story any good? Is this just wishful thinking on my part or, worse, a waste of time? Don’t let those questions sit in your head because they will end up shutting you down.
If it is allowed to, self-doubt will always try to keep you from stepping out and being brave. So all of us have to learn to write without fear.
Honestly, if you’ve worked hard on your book, sought out and listened to feedback, hired an editor, created a viable marketing plan, and done the best job you can do with this project, the worst possible thing that will happen is that some people won’t like your book as much as everybody else does. And that’s not a bad deal.