Writing takes Confidence

Sylia Plath Quote

The world of writing and publishing can be harsh, discouraging and intimidating. Because writers regularly put themselves in a position to have their work scrutinized and rejected, it’s important to develop not only thick skin, but a healthy dose of self-confidence. You’ll need this confidence at each stage of the writing process — from finishing the first draft of a manuscript and working through revisions to reaching out to agents and submitting your work to contest, journals and conferences.

“Everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

— Sylvia Plath

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Just as confidence can help you out at each stage of reaching your goals as a writer, self-doubt can hinder you. Self-doubt leads to hesitation, and hesitation is among creativity’s worst enemies. With confidence in your goals, your abilities and your style, you’ll have what it takes to keep moving forward with your creative pursuits. The more freedom you allow yourself to be creative and experiment with your writing, the more opportunities you’ll create for yourself to succeed. With guts, imagination, creativity and self-confidence on your side, you can tell any story and pursue any goal.


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There’s much to be said about the craft of writing. That’s why each week on the Abbott Press blog, we’ll take a look at what some of our favorite authors and thinkers have to say about this challenging, fulfilling and sometimes mystifying art. We hope these discussions will help you to further refine your own ideas about writing and to achieve new insights into your own creative process. Browse Weekly Writing Quotes »