Setting Self Doubt on Fire: Let’s begin the Fight

  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 want to be a writer!

 

Those are the words that still haven’t left my mouth, the thought is there hidden among a cloud of confusion, but deep down I know I’m not confused. I know exactly what I want to do, so why can’t I say it? I’ll tell you why, it’s because of that Self Doubt guard blocking me from entering Writer’s Paradise. Instead of forcing my way through, I cower away and allow myself to linger in limbo. Does this sound like you? If so, then this is the blog post for you because I’m SETTING SELF DOUBT ON FIRE! I’m punching him in the gut and kicking him in the head (this is imaginary I can’t get my leg up that high), until I can finally enter the realms of a writer who believes in themselves. However, I’m not doing this alone; I want you all to join me on this important fight.

 

Who am I? You ask. Well my name’s Nicole, Pinky to my friends (I just love pink), and Nicole J. Simms (for now) to my readers (potential). I’ve been on this writing journey over a year now, and what an amazing journey it’s been. I’ve written numerous stories (they just keep coming), developed my skills, had two stories published (soon to be 3), and currently planning my first novel. Being published twice isn’t a lot, I mean I’m not a bestselling author, but for someone who never thought they would EVER get published, this success is bloody bostin (very good).

 

I never saw myself writing again, I thought I’d be a talented Web Designer because for me writing didn’t seem realistic. It was a dream, a beautiful dream, but a dream all the same. So while I pursued my ‘sensible’ career, writing became a distant memory. That was until everything fell apart, my career goals became unrealistic and I fell into darkness, for the first time in my life (I’m only 25 but that’s still a lot of life) I was lost. So with nothing to lose, I returned to my old passion, and by surprise, it was still very much alive waiting to be unleashed. It was by chance that I found my first creative writing course, I can’t really remember what happened but all I know is that I needed something to help fill my time and stop me stressing. I have to admit writing again was the best decision I could have made because it gave me a positive focus, a goal and a purpose and I have never felt so alive.

 

That’s enough about me, if you do however want to know more about my writing journey the ups and the downs, check out my blog. http://www.nicoles-designs.co.uk/NicoleJSimms/

 

So how does all this relate to my post, well even though I’m doing well with my writing I still have that heavy feeling, a feeling that has on many occasions blocked me from my writing goals. This is why I’m on a mission to destroy self-doubt. However, before we can challenge Mr Self Doubt, we need to recognise some of the lies he tells us, so just for you I’ve come up with the top 5.

 

The Lies of Mr Self Doubt

 

  1. You can’t handle rejection: Learning to deal with rejection is one of the most important things as a writer because if you let it your fear of rejection will stop you from your goals. I stopped writing for months just because of rejection. But this is something that you can improve on, and there are many reasons for rejection, it’s not always because your story is bad. So while rejection stings you mustn’t let it stop you from your writing dream.
  2. You were never good at English, so how can you write – call the grammar police: This is defiantly not a good enough reason not to write. There are tools out there that can help you with spelling and grammar, courses you can take to improve your skills. If you have a friend or relative who is the King/Queen of grammar, ask them to check your manuscripts for you, depending on the person a bribe might be needed especially if they don’t like horror.
  3. No one will ever publish your work, and editors will laugh at you: No one and I mean no one can know what the future holds. So many authors thought the same and look at them now. There’s a chance you can be one of them, and a chance is all you need. If you are not fussed about being published, you can do it yourself, even though I’m sure Mr Self Doubt will have something to say about that.
  4. You’re not good enough: I like to use this saying “What I’ve done is better than my last, but not better than my next.” This means that yeah your first story might be dodgy but as you continue to write, you will improve, especially if you are committed to becoming a better writer. You just have to have faith in yourself.
  5. You’re too busy for pipe dreams: This is a regular excuse not to write. But how can you know how far you can go with this writing adventure, if you do not make time to write. You want to write, well make time. Stop thinking, start writing!

 

Since I’m a Libra I like balance, I’m not sure that’s actually true about all Librans, but hey that’s me. So to balance it all out, let’s look at the top 5 reasons why Mr Self Doubt is wrong.

 

Why Mr Self Doubt is wrong?

 

  1. You’re committed: Even the best writer in the world won’t get anywhere if they are not committed. So if you are prepared to put in the hard work and this is what you want to do then go for it. Your hard work will eventually pay off, sometimes I have trouble believing this myself, but deep down I know it’s true.
  2. It’s your dream: Everyone is allowed to have a dream. Why shouldn’t you hope to become a writer? Why aren’t you allowed your dream when others are? If this is your dream then you keep doing it because there is no reason for you not to.
  3. You’ve had good feedback or been published: Even small publishing success is a start, and it gets you out there catching the attention of readers. Even if you haven’t been published, if a story has traumatised your friends or relatives (horror), made them cry (emotional pieces), or laugh until it hurts then you are on your way.
  4. You know your characters better than you know yourself: If you have characters following you (imaginary not real people) begging to be part of a story then you better do it. Give them a stage and let them perform.
  5. It’s your passion: Last but not least, if you’re at your happiest when you write, if it gives your life a purpose then you keep doing it because even though this may seem an unrealistic dream, life is too short to not do what makes you happy, to not do what makes you feel alive.

 

So there you have it 5 lies and 5 reasons to tell Mr Self Doubt to jog on (get lost). That’s it for now, I hope you’re all ready for this fight because it’s not going to be an easy one, even as a write this Mr Self Doubt sits and mocks me. In the meantime, for some motivation I like to direct you to a song that I like to sing When you believe by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston.

 

So, what are you waiting for? Go write something. 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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