A lack of faith or confidence in our ability as an author hits us all at one time or another. This past week has been no different for me. My MS is full of tropes. I’m a failure. No agent is going to accept me. My writing stinks!
We’ve all heard the little gremlins, but what makes us carry on despite the crippling fear.
My favourite quote is by Suzy Kassem. She hits the proverbial nail on the head with her wise words. Sometimes it’s the shove I need to keep going, to keep trying and to hope tomorrow I’ll believe in myself once again.
“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” – Suzy Kassem.
For me, perseverance is the only option. In the past I’ve buried myself in a double quilt with a large bar of chocolate as my only comfort but life simply passed on by. I now wonder what might have been if I’d had faith in my future.
“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh
And so we should continue to paint with our words, dream up lands from fantasy and create what only our minds can conjure.
Remember we have the right to nurture ourselves, to take a step back, regroup and reconnect to those we care about. As a suffer of mental illness, I understand that sometimes the inner voice is the cruellest one of all. So I won’t feel guilty about allowing myself time to pick up the pieces.
“Our doubts are traitors,
and make us lose the good we oft might win,
by fearing to attempt.” – William Shakespeare
What helps you navigate from the tiny terrors that whisper inside your mind? Do share, I’d love to know.