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The Self-Confident Writer


Irene S. Roth



Copyright 2018 Irene S. Roth



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Table of Contents



Introduction


Habit 1: Write Every Day


Habit 2: Create a Writing Sanctuary


Habit 3: Do a Centering Exercise


Habit 4: Don’t Let Your Fears Define You


Habit 5: Embrace Your Fears


Habit 6: Cultivate Solitude


Habit 7: Keep Honing Your Skills


Habit 8: Never Put Yourself Down


Habit 9: Develop a Positive Mindset


Habit 10: Set a Small Goal and Achieve it


Habit 11: Don’t compare Yourself to Others


Conclusion


About the Author

Introduction



Many writers are not very self-confident because they are a sensitive and uncertain group of individuals. Writing comes from the intimate center inside of us. Therefore, any criticism from the outside can send writers spinning into a vortex of uncertainty for a long time. This can ultimately lead to writer’s block and a lack of fulfillment in your writing career.


I have worked with writers in several of my mentoring groups over the years who lacked self-confidence in one way or the other. This is a normal occurrence for many writers. However, writers should try to deal with these issues of low self-confidence and self-worth directly because it can hinder productivity and overall fulfillment. Therefore, if you struggle with low self-confidence, this e-book is for you.


Typically, we start developing self-confidence as teens and young adults. For example, if we had negative experiences and felt out of place during our formative years, we will probably also experience low self-esteem later in life. This negative feeling about ourselves could spill over into our writing careers. The good news is that there is a lot we can do about low self-esteem and self-confidence. I will show you how to do that in this e-book.


So, what is self-confidence? The Psychology Dictionary Online defines self-confidence as an individual’s trust in his or her own abilities, capacities, and judgments, or belief that he or she can successfully face day-to-day challenges and demands. Self-confidence also brings about more happiness and overall fulfillment. Typically, when you are confident in your abilities you feel happier and more productive. Also, when you are feeling better about your capabilities, you will feel more energized and motivated to take action and achieve your writing goals


Self-confidence, then, is similar to self-efficacy in that it tends to focus on the individual’s future performance; however, it seems to also be based on prior performance. Therefore, it also focuses on the past.


Many psychologists tend to refer to self-efficacy when considering an individual’s beliefs about their abilities concerning a specific task or set of tasks, while self-confidence is more often a broader and more stable trait concerning an individual’s perceptions of overall capability.


Self-esteem at high and low levels can be damaging so it is important to strike a balance somewhere in the middle. A realistic, but positive view of the self is often ideal, but hard to achieve. Over time, however, this is achievable.


But where does self-esteem come from? What influence does it have on our lives? Self-esteem is often seen as a personality trait, which presupposes that it’s stable and enduring.


There are typically three components which make up self-esteem:


• Self-esteem is an essential human need which is vital for our survival and normal, healthy development.

• Self-esteem arises automatically from within based on a person’s beliefs and consciousness.

• Self-esteem occurs in conjunction with a person’s thoughts, behaviors, feelings, and actions.


Self-esteem is one of the basic human motivations in Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Maslow suggests that individuals need both esteem from other people as well as inner self-respect. These two needs must be fulfilled in order for an individual to grow and thrive.


Therefore, self-confidence and self-esteem are closely related psychological phenomena, both based on past experiences and looking forward at future performance. For the purposes of our discussion about how writers can develop self-confidence, I will consider self-confidence and self-esteem to have sufficient overlap to be the same concept. Therefore, I will be subsuming the two terms.


In this e-book, I will outline 12 habits that, when developed, will help you to develop self-confidence and become productive and fulfilled.


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