I think self-doubt is a very common "disease" amongst writers, and if not nipped in the bud, it can kill our writing career. As I stated last week, I've had a bit too much time on my hands, which has allowed my mind to wander in the fields of self-doubt. This, along with a recent blog post on Marian Vere's blog, prompted me to share an older post (from my previous blog) on the topic. I'm looking forward to reading the comments, but unfortunately, I will not have internet access for the next several days. I promise to respond at my earliest convenience. As usual, I appreciate all the visits and comments. "Talk" to you all soon!
I've been committing a big writer's no-no. I've been comparing myself to other writers (gasp!). The strange part is, I'm not comparing my writing to theirs, but my life to theirs. I'm reading blogs and author bios, and all I can think is, I've never taken those classes, I don't have that degree, I don't have that experience, I've never read those books, I don't belong to that group, etc. I'm actually embarrassed to say I went to the library and checked out a Jane Austen novel, JUST because it seemed like every "serious" women's fiction writer has read Jane Austen. Of course, I was bored to tears and only made it through the first chapter (barely).
I know, this is bad and SCREAMS of insecurity and self doubt. I kind of feel like I'm back in high school, and I'm looking at all the popular girls and mentally listing all the ways I'm not like them.
I have to keep reminding myself that there are different paths that lead to the same destination. True, I was not one of the "popular" girls in high school, but somehow I still managed to have some awesome friends, succeed in college, get a good job, and meet an awesome guy (my husband). So, even though I don't like Jane Austen, I can't write a novel in a month, and I don't have an MFA in creative writing; I can still succeed as a writer--even if it means taking the path less traveled ;o)