Hi, All! I’m back.

Lately, I have been battling with self-doubt, which is mostly because of the constant rejections that I have had. As we all know, rejections can make you wonder if your earlier success was a fluke. But, instead of allowing Mr Self Doubt to continue to spread his poison, I will be fighting back. How will I fight back? Well, I have decided to set a Setting Self Doubt on Fire challenge, and I want all of you fellow self-doubters to join me.

So, what is the challenge? Well, it’s simple; every time you do something to push self-doubt aside I want you to post about it on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #settingselfdoubtonfire or #beatingselfdoubt.

To help you know what counts as beating Mr Self Doubt, I’ve listed some examples below.

  • Finished writing a story.
  • Finished editing a story.
  • Submitted a story.
  • Faced rejection and continued to write.
  • Read out your stories.
  • Uploaded a story to your website.
  • Self-published a book.
  • Resubmitted a rejected story.
  • Faced criticism and continued to write.
  • Called yourself a writer.
  • Told people you’re a writer.
  • Joined a writing group.
  • Your story has been published.

It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you have pushed self-doubt aside. And I will be sharing my achievements with you too.


Remember, every time you defeat Mr Self Doubt I want you to share it on your Facebook or Twitter. And don’t forget to use the hashtags (#settingselfdoubtonfire or #beatingselfdoubt), so we can all take the challenge together.

So let’s do this, let’s set self-doubt on fire.

Keep writing folks.

To end this post, here is another inspirational quote:

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” ― Suzy Kassem

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About Nicole Simms

Nicole J Simms is a UK horror writer. Her stories have been published on websites, such as Spinetinglers, where she won second place. Her story ‘The Snowflakes of Time’ can also be found in Firewords Quarterly Issue 4 magazine. Even though she is open to many genres, she prefers to write horror, crime, and fantasy stories. When she’s not writing, she loves to bake. You can find her work and latest news at, and keep up to date with her writing journey via her Facebook page.

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