Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Finding Your Identity

  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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I’m back and this time I’m pushing rejection aside, and moving on to something more exciting.

 

So as you can see from the title, this post is about finding your own writer identity. It’s very common when you start on your writing journey that you look to your favourite author(s) for inspiration. You yearn to recreate their success and wish that you too could write the same. Now while it’s fine to admire an author, I have learnt that you’ll never get anywhere being an imitation. And no matter how hard you try, you can never beat the original. Why? Well it’s simple it’s because that’s their style, their way of story telling. If you ever want the chance of success, you need to find your own style, your own way because remember no one is the same.

 

You may wonder what inspired this post. Well earlier in my writing journey, after I got my first story acceptance, people would say you’re going to be the next J. K. Rowling, and that sent me thinking. I didn’t want to be the next J. K. Rowling, I mean for a start I’m a horror writer, but it wasn’t just that. J. K. Rowling is amazing, in my opinion, when I first got her books I would be locked away for days reading absorbed in the magical world she created, and even now I still love to reread her books. But I don’t want to be a poor copy. I want to be Nicole J. Simms because that’s the only writer I can be.

 

So how do you do this, how do you find your true writer identity? Well during my year and a half, I’ve found ways to help you discover your identity, and just as expected, I have come up with 5.

 

  1. Write: This is an obvious point, but sometimes the most obvious can be overlooked. The only way you’re going to be able to identify your style is to actually write, and keep on writing. As time goes on you will find your writing changing, developing but this is ok it takes time for you to find your style, so bear with it. Don’t worry you’re not alone; even now I’m still trying to find mine.
  2. Explore: Now while you may be certain that you want to be a horror writer you can’t know for sure until you try other genres. So far, I’ve written fantasy, crime and stories with no specific genre. Horror is still my favourite though but I’m now more open to blurring genres. Genre isn’t the only area to explore there’s POV (Point Of View), some prefer third or first and some even like second. I’ve never tried second myself, might be something worth exploring.
  3. Your Stories: This definitely will show you what kind of writer you are. You’ll notice common themes in all your stories. This is mostly down to you writing what you know. Things in your life will inspire what you write. So it is important to just go with that random idea that pops into your head because that is a story idea that is true to you, it’s not forced, it’s natural.
  4. Comparison: It wasn’t until I started reading from a wider range of authors that I noticed how different they all write. Not one had the same style, similar maybe but not the same. Some styles I liked, some I didn’t, did that mean that the authors were rubbish, no that’s just my opinion and they are still published authors no matter what I think. So by being able to see how different other authors write, you’ll realise that your style isn’t necessarily wrong it’s just different.
  5. Just go with it: This is the best way to find out your true identity. You just need to write the stories you want, the way that’s comfortable to you. Yeah you need to edit, avoid bad habits etc, but you can’t mould yourself into something you are not. You are who you are, so allow yourself to explore, write and compare. Find your voice and tell your stories. Not everyone will like the way you write but hey, you can’t please everyone.

 

So there you have it, 5 ways to find your writer identity. Hopefully these points will help, they’ve helped me so far but I’m still learning, and still growing.

 

Final Note: I’ve worked out my author signature; all I need now is a book to sign.

 

All that’s left to say is, let’s follow this unrealistic dream.

 

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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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