As people involved in creative work, authors are very sensitive to criticism especially the negative type. It feels one feeling demoralized, wondering what went wrong where, and if one is simply good enough for the job. Writing doubts can cripple your writing career and even make you feel frustrated if you think that your writing is useless and will not find any readers. Writing doubts can also come when you are starting out on a new line of projects like switching from adult fiction to a biography. However, there are ways to overcome these doubts and produce good work in your new projects.
The president is probably the most criticized person in the country, but few presidents have quit for being criticized. You should learn to differentiate between negative and positive criticism. If something sounds good and you think it could help your work, incorporate it. Otherwise just ignore the noise and write on.
Revisit your inspiration
Different people write for different reasons. Some write for the passion, others write for a cause, and others write to make a living. Often it is a mixture of all three for many writers. When the self-doubt creeps in, revisit your reasons for getting into writing. You can always rediscover your passion or cause. You will also find the prospect of going hungry a powerful motivation for getting back to work.
Write a lot
Like everything else, writing gets better with experience. This means that the more prolific you are the better you become. Just like a boxer who gets into the ring in many fights knows that he will take a beating and gets ready for it, so should you put out regularly expecting some flak but knowing that you can deal with it.
Try something different
Getting into unfamiliar territory will take you away from your comfort zone and force you to call on your forgotten strengths. If you are doing children’s fiction and work on a project in horror, success in the project will boost your confidence infinitely.
Share the misery
They say misery loves company. Seek out more experienced authors and talk to them. They have been through the self-doubt stage and will have good tips on how to do it.
Shut off the haters
Haters will always be around. You should get familiar with an African proverb that says ‘The eyes of the frog do not stop the cattle from drinking water. ’ You are only as good as you think you are.