Setting Self Doubt on Fire: 5 Step plan for success

  1. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Let’s begin the Fight
  2. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Rejection – The Ugly Word
  3. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Learning to Juggle
  4. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: To Dump or not to Dump
  5. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Keep the Faith
  6. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Finding Your Identity
  7. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Just for the love of it
  8. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: 5 Step plan for success
  9. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Planning Issue
  10. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Crossroads
  11. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Overwhelming Effect
  12. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Waiting Game
  13. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Reflection 2013
  14. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: New Year New Challenges
  15. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Am I a real Writer?
  16. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Taking The Next Step
  17. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Submission Phobia
  18. Setting Self Doubt On Fire: How To Get Ideas
  19. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Dealing with Fear
  20. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Only Guarantee
  21. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Doubts of others
  22. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Let those positives shine
  23. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: First Draft Blues
  24. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Time-wasting issue
  25. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Embrace the bad ideas
  26. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Writer or Author?
  27. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Negative Feedback; the double slap
  28. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Pat yourself on the back
  29. Setting Self Doubt On Fire: The Deflated Eureka Moment
  30. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The doomed quest for perfection
  31. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Writing Group fears
  32. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Horror Tree Crew tackle Mr Self Doubt
  33. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Read aloud challenge
  34. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Find your inner belief
  35. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: NaNoWriMo and Self-Doubt
  36. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: We are NaNoWriMo winners
  37. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: New Year’s Resolutions for Writers
  38. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The benefits of organizing
  39. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Editing Strain
  40. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Writing Group Experience
  41. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Dealing with second stage fears
  42. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Reading aloud to an audience
  43. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Importance of perseverance
  44. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Self-Doubt or Gut Feeling
  45. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Get ready for NaNoEdMo
  46. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Benefits of Writing Goals
  47. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Rejection Gets Better
  48. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Writers, take care of yourself!
  49. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: How to Boost Your Self-Confidence
  50. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Why You Should Go to a Writing Festival
  51. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Help! A Publisher has Dropped Me
  52. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Setting Self Doubt on Fire Challenge
  53. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: How to Prepare for a Book Reading Event
  54. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: It’s NaNoWriMo and NaNoEdMo Time
  55. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Help! I Didn’t Reach My NaNo Goal
  56. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Let’s Beat Self-Doubt in 2017
  57. WIHM: Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Female Horror Writer and Proud
  58. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Don’t Let Self-Doubt Make You Miss Deadlines
  59. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Hey! Where’s My Book Reading Audience
  60. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: 5 Tips on How to Ignore the Negative Voices
  61. Video Refresh: Rejection – The Ugly Word
  62. Video Refresh: Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Learning to Juggle
  63. Video Refresh: To Dump or not to Dump
  64. Video Refresh: Keep The Faith
  65. Video Refresh: Finding Your Identity
  66. Video Refresh: 5 Step plan for success
  67. Video Refresh: The Planning Issue
  68. Video Refresh: The Crossroads
  69. Video Refresh: The Overwhelming Effect
  70. Video Refresh: The Waiting Game
  71. Video Refresh: Am I A Real Writer?
  72. Video Refresh: Taking The Next Step
  73. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Let’s Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway in 2019
  74. Video Refresh: Submission Phobia
  75. Video Refresh: Dealing With Fear
  76. WIHM: Setting Self Doubt on Fire: The Female Horror Author Reading Challenge
  77. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Writer or Author? Video Refresh
  78. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Beat the Fear of Self-Publishing
  79. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Do NaNoWriMo Differently This Year
  80. Setting Self Doubt on Fire: How Can Online Groups Help Writers?
  81. Setting Self-Doubt on Fire – AuthorTube – Learn How to Describe Emotion
  82. Setting Self-Doubt on Fire: How to Set Realistic Goals for NaNoWriMo

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Following on from last weeks post, I have decided to come up with a plan. A plan of action that will help me get battle ready for this fight. So for all those who have issues with Mr Self Doubt, and lost in limbo unsure of what you are meant to do, this post is for you.

 

I have come up with 5 steps; yes, the 5 points are back. These points will, hopefully help you beat Mr Self Doubt and achieve your writer goal.

 

  1. Get a publishing history: I read somewhere, can’t remember where, that publishers don’t necessarily like to take a gamble on unknown authors. Whether that’s true or not I’m not sure, but what I do know is that, a publishing history won’t hurt, and it could give your submission a better chance. Why? Imagine this, you have two applicants for a job, one has work experience the other hasn’t. They are both skilled to the same level, which one will you choose to give the job to. I would say that you were leaning towards the experienced one. Now I’m not saying that will always be the case, but from my life experiences, so far (especially job wise) that has been the case. A publishing history isn’t only important for success with a novel, it will also prepare you for the harsh world that a writer drops themselves in because I’m sure before you get that publishing history you will have received many rejections, but those rejections (if they offer feedback) can help to improve your work.
  2. Build a fan base: This follows on from step 1. Publishers are interested in authors that can sell. So if you come with not only a publishing history but also a fan base who will buy your novel that’s better than someone who will struggle to sell books because no one knows about them. This is however, my thinking and not scientifically proven, unknown authors have been published even without fans or a publishing history, but it doesn’t hurt to have some. How do you build a fan base? Well having a blog or website, which readers can go, to see your other work, and keep up to date with your latest news is a start. You can also self publish your stories on one of those short story sites, such as Shortbread stories. I’ve published on this site, and I got some helpful feedback (folks were also kind).
  3. Put self-doubt and fear aside: We all know that once you are consumed with doubt and fear you either stop submitting or even worse writing. This is very counterproductive; you can’t be a successful author if you’re hiding behind the sofa with a bag over your head. When you get a knock back you just got to rise up and attack (not the editor or publisher lol), but throw your story back out there, and if it boomerangs back and hits you in the head just tear it apart and start again.
  4. Create the best novel you can: Not every novel idea will be the right one, deciding on your first novel is tricky you have loads of ideas swimming around, short stories begging to be made longer. While you have all these ideas, some will work and some won’t. To find the answer you need to make time to explore these ideas further. What I did before deciding on the idea to work with is list all the ideas I had, and communicated with the characters. It may sound crazy, but the main characters from the novel I’m working on came to me they said, “We got a great story to tell, so you had better write it.” What did help clarify though was sharing my idea with my pal, and hearing myself explain the story, I realised that all the pieces were fitting together. So I do encourage sharing your ideas with someone you trust.
  5. Keep writing and keep the faith: This is possibly the most important step that links all the others together. You need to keep that end goal clear in your mind; if it’s you dancing around with your hardback copy of your book then you keep that at the front of your mind. Gaining self-belief is difficult especially after many knock backs, but you will need that self-belief and determination if you ever want your dreams to come true.

 

So there you have it 5 steps, you might have your own steps or wish to do 10, as long as it helps you reach your goal then it’s all good. I’ve decided to create a poster of the 5 steps, the best place to put it would be on the ceiling above my bed, but because I’m short sighted, it will just have to be on the wall.

 

So all that’s left for me to say is, go follow that dream. As Ice Cube says, “You can do it if you put your back into it.” I’m sure he’s not referring to determination and hard work, but hey, it still applies.

 

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Nicole Simms

Nicole J. Simms is a UK horror, crime and fantasy writer. However, she is open to writing in other genres. Her stories have been published in anthologies, in magazines and on websites. In 2016, she won the Nine Voices’ 50-Word Halloween Competition with her story ‘Meeting the Parents’. And, her self-published e-book The Book of Drabbles is now available to download for free. She is also the deputy leader of the Oldbury Writing Group, a West Midlands based writing group. They have published a WW2 anthology together titled From Sunrise to Sunset, and they are now working on their second anthology. Stephen King, Sharon Bolton, J. K. Rowling, R. L. Stine and Kelley Armstrong are some of her favourite authors. And, when she’s not writing, she loves to bake, paint, knit and go on nature walks. Find out more at: Website - http://nicole-j-simms.co.uk Facebook link - https://www.facebook.com/NicoleJSimmsWriter Twitter link - https://twitter.com/NicoleJSimms1 Goodreads link - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19383148.Nicole_J_Simms

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