Setting Self Doubt on Fire: 2021 Pledge for Self-Doubters

Setting Self Doubt on Fire: 2021 Pledge for Self-Doubters


Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s 2021. 2020 flew by so quickly—I’m sure many of you are glad about that. 

So, what do I have for you today? Well, I haven’t got an ‘Improve Your Writing Skills with YouTube’ post. Instead, I want to talk about the start of a new year and what that means for us. 

So, it’s 2021, and a new year means new goals and a chance to take another step towards your writing dreams. But for self-doubting writers, this can cause a lot of fear and self-doubt to plague our minds. 

I want to publish more books, but this time, I will be asking people to pay for them. But there’s a voice (it’s that annoying Mr Self Doubt again) that says, ‘What makes you think anyone will pay for your books?’ 

Now, this voice makes me think that maybe it’s right. Maybe people won’t want to pay for my books. But there’s another voice, one that reminds me that if I listen to Mr Self Doubt, I will never achieve my dreams. And so, this will be the year that I push Mr Self Doubt back and move forward towards my goals, and I want you to join me in this fight. 

To begin our fight, let’s make the following promises: 

  1. I shall not miss opportunities. 
  2. I shall not make decisions based on fear. 
  3. I shall not give up on myself.
  4. I will trust my decisions. 
  5. I will be patient with myself (Patience is my word for 2021)

Okay, my fellow self-doubters, this is our year, and together we will beat self-doubt. Let’s do this.

If you want to see what my 2021 goals are, you can see them on my ‘2021 and Q1 Writing and Reading Goals’ blog post. And do let me know what your goals for 2021 are.

Don’t forget, if you struggle with self-doubt and you want to be part of a group where writers can share their fears, motivate each other and offer support, then join my ‘Setting Self-Doubt on Fire Squad’ group. 

Okay, that’s all I have for you today. Stay safe, everyone. And I’ll speak to you again soon.

‘Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.’ ― Oprah Winfrey


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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 - Facebook link - Twitter link - Goodreads link -

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