Thursday, April 29, 2010

Maintaining Confidence

For those of you who write, there's a great piece on (found via BookRabbit on Twitter) about how successful writers maintain their confidence. Alan Rinzler, Executive Editor at Jossey-Bass (an imprint of John Wiley) points out that :
To write well requires energy, discipline and a sense of humor.
And he offers some sterling advice to writers to help them soldier on through periods of doubt, - among them :
Even if you don’t love what you’re turning out, keep putting those words on the screen or down on paper, regardless. What may feel like a massive writer’s block may be only the need to pause, or to work out the story on an internal, unconscious level. You can always polish or delete what you’ve written, but sustaining the discipline will be encouraging and ultimately valuable. You will actually build confidence by sticking to the task at hand.

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