Slaying The Doubt Monster

The Doubt
Monster is a wicked ugly creature that frequently attacks writers. But there are safety in numbers, so let’s link shields and
fight back, shall we? 
Here is what we’re up against. . .
HORRIFIC DOUBT #1:
I stink at this writing game, as evidenced by my lack of attracting a
publisher.
Maybe I should just give up.
For awhile, especially at the beginning of your writing
journey, you hope that this time, this manuscript, will be the lucky winner.
Rejection after rejection pounds those high hopes into the ground, making you
wonder if you should just quit.
What’s the silver bullet for this particular beastie?
Perseverance. Immersing yourself in a new manuscript is a great way to beat
back this doubt because you’ll be too busy thinking about plot twists and
character development to consider giving up.
INSIDIOUS DOUBT #2:
Other writers get published, but not me.
Maybe my writing is stupid.
It doesn’t matter if you’re Stephen King or Nicholas Sparks.
Writers are all an insecure bunch.
Why? Because they pour their heart and soul into a story, revealing inner
secrets they’d never say out loud. When that work gets rejected, it is
personal. There’s just no way around it.
But there is a stake that can be driven through this ugly
monster’s heart. It’s called sharpening your craft.
If you continue to learn and hone your writing skill, this
particular doubt will simply turn into a lie. You can always choose to believe
the lie if you like, but you won’t have to. Your writing won’t be stupid if you
continue your writerly education by attending workshops, going to
conferences, and reading craft books.
So go ahead and take that online course. Pick up a new
how-to from Writers Digest. Attend a local writers group and glean some new
writing tips. This is one monster you’ll have to slay with your own muscle and
a little sweat.
LOW-BLOW DOUBT #3:
I keep writing, keep submitting, and keep getting rejected.
Maybe God wants me to be doing something else.
Honest truth? Maybe He does.

But maybe He doesn’t.
In a freakish sort of way, this doubt is actually good for
you. It keeps you on your knees, seeking God’s will for how you manage the time
He’s given you.
I don’t know if God wants you to be a writer, but I do know
this. . . He wants you to put Him first, above writing, above anything. When you
obsess over publication, networking, marketing, or anything other than Him, it’s
called idolatry. And if that’s the case, then yes, you should be doing
something else. You should be focusing on Him.
It’s healthy to check your heart motivations now and then to
discover where your priorities lie. If this doubt rears it’s ugly head and
drives you to your knees, that’s a good thing.
It’s not, however, good to wallow in this doubt. Don’t
consort with this beastie and make him your best pal. If you can honestly say
that you’re putting God first, and still the desire to write doesn’t go away,
then pull out your silver pen and drive it right into the monster’s heart.
Sure, there are lots more doubts lurking out there in the
dark, but starting with these 3 biggies will give you the edge to tackle those
creepers. What doubt monster will you slay next?
Michelle’s been
writing since she first discovered blank wall space and
Crayolas…professionally, however, for the past 10 years. Her recent release
is A HEART DECEIVED, a gothic regency put out by David C. Cook (June 2013). If
you’d like to keep up with her escapades, you can find her at www.michellegriep.com or www.writerofftheleash.blogspot.com or feel free to stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.