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How to Build Confidence in Writing: Useful Ideas and Author Tips

Linda Crampton is a teacher who enjoys reading and creative writing. Her favourite genres are classic literature, fantasy, myth, and poetry.

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Confidence for Writers

Writing can be an absorbing and very enjoyable activity. It can also be an emotional roller coaster, especially for writers who lack confidence. A severe lack of confidence can interfere with the ability to write. In this article, I share tips for boosting confidence that I've found useful as well as relevant advice from well-known authors.

A writer may experience wonderful periods when words flow with ease and something significant is created. On the other hand, they may also experience periods when the rush of ideas stalls, the writing seems stilted or inconsequential, and the possibility of creating anything of value seems remote.

Another emotional challenge for writers is the presence of negative feedback and rejection, which every writer experiences at times. For some people, criticism and failure can be very demoralizing.

Writing is a very personal activity. Factors that increase confidence in some people might not do so in others. In general, though, the following tips and ideas should make a writer feel more confident and help them to achieve personal success in writing.

Try New Techniques and Set Writing Goals

Becoming a more frequent or a more creative writer can be a big help for building confidence. I find that writing something every day is useful, even if the “something” is a single sentence of a potential story, a single line of a poem, a phrase, or a short paragraph. Activities such as these or ones that you think of yourself can be very valuable and can help a writer to attain their goals. The list below contains some more ideas that should be useful.

  • Try to write regularly and often. If you don’t have a project in mind, write about your surroundings, a recent experience, your thoughts or feelings, a recent event that you observed, or a news item. Keeping a journal can be useful.
  • Assuming that it can be done safely, walk in a neighbourhood that you've never explored before or a new environment. Make notes about your surroundings and thoughts.
  • Keep your journal entries and short pieces of writing safe. They may generate a longer piece later. Even if you decide they can’t be used as written, they may give you new ideas.
  • Create a writing schedule and try to follow it as much as possible. Spontaneous writing sessions can be useful, but discovering that you can write on demand is a great confidence booster. Don’t give up if the writing seems forced at first. The process becomes easier over time.
  • Choose a goal for every formal writing session.
  • Don't stop to criticize yourself during the first draft of a composition. Let ideas flow. Editing can be done later.
  • Practice writing in a new genre, style, or voice. Realizing that you can write outside of your comfort zone is another great confidence booster.
  • Use writing prompts from online writing sites to stimulate your writing. Don't avoid a prompt because you think that it doesn't look interesting. Try to rise to the challenge of writing about a subject that you wouldn't normally choose. Use brainstorming techniques or mind maps to come up with writing ideas if necessary.
Pens, pencils, and electronic devices can all be useful for writing. The best device is the one that allows ideas to flow freely.

Pens, pencils, and electronic devices can all be useful for writing. The best device is the one that allows ideas to flow freely.

Edit Your Writing

Editing is very important, but it shouldn't be done until the first draft of the composition is finished.

  • Editing too soon may interfere with the creative process. For many people and in many cases, it's important to get the first draft of the composition completed without stopping to internally criticize it and edit it.
  • Completing a composition can be very satisfying and a big boost for confidence, even when editing is necessary.
  • Read your writing aloud when you come to the editing stage. This may help you to detect problems in language, sentence structure, composition, or flow that you didn't notice while reading your work silently.
  • Reputable style books, grammar books, and dictionaries can be helpful guides for a writer who is editing their own work.
  • It may be helpful if the writer gets feedback about their writing from someone else. A beginning writer may not want to do this, but the process can be valuable when they're ready. A qualified, honest, and encouraging reviewer or editor can help a person improve their work and experience success.
  • Sharing the work in other ways may also be useful, as described below, though it may not be as helpful as consulting an experienced editor.

Write without fear. Edit without mercy.

— Original author unknown

Share Your Work

As daunting and strange as it may sound for beginning writers, one of the best ways to slowly build confidence is to share writing with others and receive constructive criticism. This can enable a writer to improve their work, receive positive feedback, and become more confident.

It's often very hard for a writer to judge their own work. Some people may be happy writing only for enjoyment and may not want to get feedback on their work. To improve writing skills and thereby develop more confidence, however, it's usually necessary to share writing.

Sharing short pieces of writing with friends on social media websites could be a gentle introduction to the sharing process. Sharing work with a trusted individual or a small and friendly writing group could also be a good way to build confidence.

After this, a writer could consider publishing work on a free blog or an online writing site. Supportive followers of the person's writing can give a definite boost to confidence with their comments. If a person's writing efforts are open to comments from the general public, they need to be prepared to get negative and perhaps unsympathetic feedback as well as positive feedback.

Receiving unsympathetic comments may be helpful at best and a minor problem at worst for a confident writer. A writer who still has a major lack of confidence should probably delay the experience if this is possible.

Constructive criticism and the support of others can help a person to reach their goal.

Constructive criticism and the support of others can help a person to reach their goal.

Get Constructive Criticism

Criticism done correctly can be helpful for a writer's confidence in the long term, although it may be difficult to receive at first. Constructive criticism can help a writer improve their future creations as well as the one that is being assessed, which can lead to increased self confidence. This type of criticism can be very supportive. On the other hand, destructive criticism can severely damage a writer's confidence and may even discourage the recipient from continuing to write.

Excessive praise and flattery when they aren't deserved can also be unhelpful. Praise can certainly be encouraging and is a great way for someone to support a writer. False praise can cause a crash in the writer's confidence when their writing gets a more realistic assessment, however.

Writing instructors, mentors, fellow writers in writing groups, and editors may be good sources of constructive criticism. Relatives or close friends may or may not be, depending on their objectivity.

Some people may prefer to deal with written corrections instead of oral ones. Examining how a good editor has changed a composition can be a great learning experience. The examination can improve a writer's skills and boost confidence.

Develop Techniques for Dealing With Rejection

All writers—even successful ones—have to face rejection if they show their work to others. Rejections have the potential to cause a major loss of confidence, so it's important that every writer learns how to deal with them.

Dealing with rejection successfully requires determination and perseverance. There are a few strategies that can make the process easier, however.

  • Celebrate all successes—even small ones.
  • Make sure that you always have a writing project in progress. If a previous project is rejected, the current one may provide hope for the future.
  • If you don't have another project in progress when you receive a rejection, start one as soon as possible, even if you don't feel like it. It's important to write something. The initial effort can be edited later if necessary.
  • When some writers receive a rejection for a manuscript, they immediately place it in a new envelope and send it to another publisher to try to reduce any loss of confidence. A similar process could be used for a rejected piece of online writing. Consider whether this strategy would work for you.
  • Personally, I prefer to look at a rejected piece of writing to see how it could be improved instead of immediately sending it somewhere else. It’s sometimes hard to examine a rejected piece objectively without emotion, but it’s important to try. Editing the piece could prevented repeated rejection, which can be demoralizing.
  • If the time comes when it seems advisable to give up trying to publish a particular piece of writing, don’t discard it. The effort made to create the composition could still be useful. Parts of the piece could be used in a new project or could stimulate new ideas.
Snail mail and e-mail may send good and bad news to writers.

Snail mail and e-mail may send good and bad news to writers.

Why Was a Composition Rejected?

It’s important to know why a composition was rejected before sending it to another publisher or editing it. Rejection doesn't necessarily mean that a piece of writing is inadequate. A publisher may reject a submission even though the writing is good because it isn't suitable for the publisher at that time.

A letter or e-mail that gives information about why a project was rejected is very useful. If a writer knows that there is something wrong with their work and also knows what the specific problem is, they can take steps to correct it and improve their chance of success in the future. If the problem is that the piece is good but not suitable for that particular publisher, the writer could look for another place to publish their work.

It might be encouraging to know that even famous writers have had to deal with rejection. J.K. Rowling has said that Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (the first book in her series) was rejected twelve times before it was finally accepted by Bloomsbury.

Advice From Lucy Diamond

Lucy Diamond (real name Sue Mongredien) is an English novelist. Her use of a pen name is not an indication of a lack of confidence. She freely admits her double name on her website. She says she chose the first name because it's easier to pronounce and because she wanted to differentiate her adult books (written under her pen name) from her children's ones (written under her real name).

In the video above, Lucy gives some tips for building confidence in writing. She says that she always starts a novel with excitement and confidence and then has doubts when she reaches the middle of it. At this point, she wonders where she's going with the story and also wonders whether anyone will want to read it. She says that based on her discussions with other writers, this is not an uncommon situation.

Lucy says that when the problem arises in our work we have to "ride out the storm" and "block out those doubting voices" as we work through the dilemma. She also says that talking about the situation with other writers can be helpful at this time, even if contact with those writers is only available online. A local writing group or writing class can also be helpful.

Sean Platt's Advice

Sean Platt is an author from the United States. He writes for adults and children, sometimes in a joint effort with another writer. In the video above, he gives his tips for building confidence.

When addressing a writer with a serious confidence problem in the video, Sean says "Give yourself permission to suck." He says that some of his own writing that no one else has seen is "really bad" and that he writes everything three times. He says that he should rewrite some things four times (and does for certain compositions), but he raises the interesting point that if he went through some works for a fourth time he might lose momentum. There is a point at which a writer has to say that their editing of a particular work is finished.

Sean calls his three drafts raw, rough, and polished. He says that he tries to create the raw draft as quickly as he can. He sometimes makes notes like "Desmond says something heroic here" in the raw draft. He decides what Desmond (a character that he already knows in his mind) says later on. I think this could be a good idea. I don't think that plot holes should be left in the first draft or that important facts about the nature of the characters and their actions should be omitted, though.

Writing a partial story in the raw draft without describing how the characters get through major dilemmas won't build confidence. The story should be complete and all the important details included, even if some parts are written in outline or point form rather than great prose and if relatively minor points such as Desmond's heroic statement are omitted. Leaving out every statement made by a particular character is probably not a good idea.

Reading and research are always useful for writers and can stimulate the imagination.

Reading and research are always useful for writers and can stimulate the imagination.

Keep Learning About Writing

Learning by writing is important in order to improve composition and technical skills, but so is learning by listening to relevant videos and podcasts and by reading.

  • Visit your favorite writing advice websites to read their suggestions for improving writing skills.
  • Read or listen to tips from a writer that you admire. Bookmark useful sites and subscribe to useful podcasts.
  • Read writing magazines.
  • Read the work of other writers who are successful in some way. Analyze their work to try to discover what they are doing right (or wrong).
  • Consider taking a writing course to improve or add to your skills.
  • Attend writing workshops or conferences.

Of course, while suggestions from experienced writers may be useful, ultimately the decision as to whether or not to follow a suggestion or practice a technique is up to the student.

Decide What Success Means for You

Success and confidence are partners in the writing endeavor. Success in writing builds confidence and confidence increases the likelihood of writing success. The definition of "success" is different for different writers, however.

For some people, creating stories that entertain their children or grandchildren or having a group of loyal followers on a writing site is the only success that they want. Other writers might want to earn a specific amount of money from their online writing efforts, publish and sell a specific number of e-books, get published in traditional media, get a reputation as a good writer in their niche, or become well known. Fortunately, in this digital age there are many ways for people to experience success in writing.

Confidence can help a writer grow.

Confidence can help a writer grow.

Determination and Resilience

In the poem below, I describe the experiences of a writer who lacks confidence yet is determined to keep writing. In my early days of writing as an adult, many of the descriptions in the poem applied to me. I was a keen writer as a child, reduced my output as a young adult at university, (though I didn't completely stop writing for pleasure), and then increased my efforts later. Determination and resilience are important qualities for any writer, including me.

I'm Writing

I'm writing, writing, writing,
a race against my mind.
Keep back fear and misery,
don't let doubting win.

I'm crying, crying, crying
in the presence of The Loved.
Their writing scintillates
and feeds their readers' dreams.

I'm sinking, sinking, sinking
in shame of words that fail,
in worthless shards of thoughts
and broken hopes and plans.

I'm fighting, fighting, fighting,
to save creation's flow.
Imagination stirs
and comforts my distress.

I'm hoping, hoping, hoping
that someone may be touched,
appreciate a point
or like a single thought.

I'm loving, loving, loving
exploring all I can
with senses, thoughts, and dreams,
and writing from my heart.

© 2013 Linda Crampton

Comments

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 30, 2016:

Thank you very much, Fenn Rirr. I appreciate your comment a great deal.

Fenn Rirr on April 30, 2016:

An amazing Hub, more so for a greenhorn writer like myself. I'm very glad I came across this Hub. Really appreciate your help!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 01, 2014:

Thank you, Joyette!

Joyette Helen Fabien from Dominica on December 01, 2014:

Welcome AliciaC!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 01, 2014:

Hi, Joyette. Thank you very much for the visit and the comment! It's nice to meet you.

Joyette Helen Fabien from Dominica on December 01, 2014:

Great hub! I particularly like the poem at the end - nice touch apart from the beauty of the poem itself. Let me endorse the point you made that writers can grow from continuous reading up on the subject. In fact, this is exactly what I am doing now :)

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 17, 2014:

Thank you very much for the comment and the vote, Treasuresofheaven!

Sima Ballinger from Michigan on April 17, 2014:

I truly appreciate your work. Thanks for the tips, this is very helpful and thoughtful. Voted Up!!!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 16, 2014:

Thanks so much for the comment, cperuzzi. I know what you mean about a piece of writing being our baby! It can be hard to share it and deal with the fact that it has problems.

Christopher Peruzzi from Freehold, NJ on April 16, 2014:

Wow! Such great writing advice to writers at all phases of their career. I think you're right - the sharing is the biggest obstacle. Each of your works is your baby and we cringe any time we think it's not perfect. I think I'll be coming back to this post more often in the future.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 16, 2014:

Thank you very much for the second visit, Audrey! I appreciate it very much.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on April 16, 2014:

I'm back for another needed visit. After reading your marvelous hub the first time, I knew I would return for another read. I just love it!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 19, 2014:

Thank you, Rachael. I'm looking forward to reading your hubs!

Rachael O'Halloran from United States on March 19, 2014:

This is very good information, AliciaC. I'm still pretty new to sharing my writing. But I'm getting there. lol. I'm glad to follow you.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on February 13, 2014:

Thank you, Thief12! I hope the tips are useful for you. I appreciate all your votes.

Carlo Giovannetti from Puerto Rico on February 13, 2014:

This are some really good and useful tips! I'm currently having a bit of a writer's block, so I will take them in consideration. Voted Up, Useful, and Interesting.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on February 12, 2014:

Thank you very much, VVanNess. I appreciate your visit and comment!

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on February 12, 2014:

I really love encouragement that you provide through this article to all struggling writers, newbies just getting started, and those of us that have been writing for a while but need to be reminded why we fell in love with writing in the first place.

Great job on this article!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 29, 2014:

Your comment contains some great ideas and tips, varonny! Thank you for sharing them.

Veronica Almeida from TORONTO on January 29, 2014:

I enjoyed reading this hub, especially because I am one those people/writers who easily lose confidence and motivation in particular situations. I guess I have what psychologists call a low self-efficacy for writing... as I often over think and criticize my own work right at the early stage and most often than not end up leaving things unfinished.

The tips you have shared in here are quite helpful, I have written some pieces from start to finish exactly because of the constructive criticism and honest praise you mention, that can often come from sharing work. I find hubpages to be quite good at this; and the little tips on the side notes when in the hub-writing process also help build confidence (and quality of the piece).

I would probably also add another little thing that sometimes helps me. Going back to old articles/written pieces. Edit them if necessary too. For one, if no editing is needed one's confidence is boosted in recognizing their own talent, for other, if editing is necessary it demonstrates how much one has grown as a writer. I did this just recently and while improving the quality of a couple of my articles, I also realized how much better I have become. A great confidence booster.

Great hub. :)

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 29, 2014:

Thank you, Deborah. Yes, it can be hard for hard for new writers to share their writing! A friendly and supportive writing group can definitely be helpful, as you say.

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on January 29, 2014:

Great tips. I think for new/inexperienced writers, one of the hardest things is being comfortable enough to share their writing with others to get feedback. Finding a supportive writing group can be so helpful.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 29, 2014:

Thank you very much for the comment and the pin, ologsinquito! I appreciate them both.

ologsinquito from USA on January 29, 2014:

This is great advice for beginners as well as the more experienced writers. I really like the advice about not worrying much about your first draft, which is going to be changed anyway. I'm pinning this on my Online Writing Board.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 23, 2014:

Thank you so much, Peg! I appreciate your comment a great deal.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on January 23, 2014:

Your poetry expresses the thoughts and fears of all who would be writers. Beautiful. And the ideas to combat writer's block and negative criticism are truly helpful. Thank you.

"I'm hoping, hoping, hoping

that someone may be touched,

appreciate a point

or like a single thought".

Yes!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 19, 2014:

Thank you, Crystal. Constructive criticism can be very useful for a writer. Destructive criticism can be hard to take, though!

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on January 19, 2014:

Very good advice, Alicia. As a former journalist, I learned all about criticism, though much of it wasn't constructive!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 18, 2013:

Thanks, Rolly. Blessings to you, too. I hope you have a great Christmas.

Rolly A Chabot from Alberta Canada on December 18, 2013:

Hi Alicia... Thanks for the article and I agree with you 100%. We have all been given a voice and we should use it... well written

Hugs and Blessings

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 13, 2013:

Thank you very much for the comment and the pin, RTalloni! I appreciate them both.

RTalloni on December 13, 2013:

This is really useful, encouraging, and interesting start to finish. Pinning to my Writing: Assorted Writes, Rights, and Wrongs board.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 12, 2013:

I love your reasons for writing, Minnetonka Twin! Your hubs certainly do make connections with others. Thank you very much for the comment.

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on December 12, 2013:

Excellent article Alicia! I like all the tips but my favorite one is that writing success is in the eye of the beholder. My aim at HubPages is to reach out and connect to others with my stories. The money piece is just a bonus for me. Oh, and I also write because it makes me feel good and it's a healing experience for me. Anyway, thanks so much for a very helpful hub.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 10, 2013:

Thank you very much for the kind and insightful comment, ChitrangadaSharon. I appreciate the vote, too!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 10, 2013:

Nice suggestions and an overall motivating hub for all those who love to write. We all love appreciation and acknowledgement. The more we get these from other writers, the better we become.

I loved the way you even combined a poem within this hub! Very well done and thanks! Voted up!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 09, 2013:

Thank you very much for the comment, the vote and the share, Heidi!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on December 09, 2013:

Good tips for writing and everything else! Voted up & shared!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 09, 2013:

Thank you so much, Audrey! I appreciate your kind comment as well as all the votes and the share!

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on December 09, 2013:

Inspiring as well as educational! Writers at all levels need to read what you have written here. Confidence is the foundation for success. We need to be educated along the way, too. I've voted up and completely across, except funny, and will share and bookmark this marvelous hub. ~ Audrey

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 09, 2013:

Thank you very much for the comment, Rebecca!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 09, 2013:

Positive, upbeat advice for aspiring authors. Thank you so much for this!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 08, 2013:

Thank you for the comment, JaneMJuza. I appreciate your visit!

Jane M. Juza from Green Bay, WI on December 08, 2013:

Thank you for this very well written hub.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 07, 2013:

Thank you very much for the kind comment, kenoung. I know what you mean by experiencing awe and sadness when you read some people's writing, because I experience the same emotions! Like you, though, I'm never going to stop writing or trying to improve.

Ken on December 07, 2013:

Hi Alicia, thanks for the amazing hub. I used to hate writing because I've always been struggling to find the right words to express my thoughts and feelings and ideas. It didn't help that sister and some of my friends never broke a sweat in producing great writing, and every time I read their work it leaves me both in awe, and with a slight tinge of sadness that I will never write as well as them. Your hub serves as a guide for me to better my writing, and I hope to improve by taking small steps. I'm going to discipline myself with a writing schedule to make sure I never stop writing, and hopefully someday I'll find myself a better writer. Thanks again.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 06, 2013:

Hi, Clinton1998. Thanks for the comment. I don't have experience with any websites that offer constructive criticism of literary works. The only website that I can personally recommend for constructive criticism of other types of writing is HubPages, via their apprenticeship program. The program is currently unavailable, but it may be offered again in the future. The constructive criticism offered by my mentor and the other people in the program was very valuable for me.

Abla Hulla from China on December 06, 2013:

Great hub, Can you recommend some writing sites to share pieces of literary works and get constructive criticism?

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 06, 2013:

Thank you very much for the comment, the vote and the share, Nell. I appreciate them all!

Nell Rose from England on December 06, 2013:

Loved the poem alicia, and all your ideas are spot on, we all need to get our confidence up for writing otherwise we just tail off and stop, I often read and share, and then it gives me the push to get back out there! voted up and shared, nell

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 06, 2013:

Thank you for the visit, ideasedge. I appreciate your comment.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 05, 2013:

Thank you very much, Rasimo!

Rasimo on December 05, 2013:

Great work! Thank you!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 05, 2013:

Thank you for the insightful comment, dragonflycolor. (I love your HubPages user name!) Writing can be an excellent way for someone to learn about themselves!

dragonflycolor on December 05, 2013:

Thank you so much! I love writing but become daunted when my mind goes blank for days. Writing also helps me learn about myself and what I can do to improve on things on a daily basis. Thanks, again!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 05, 2013:

Thank you very much, Koyna Sen. Yes, it is important to take criticism in a positive note whenever possible. Thanks for the visit!

Koyna Sen from Calcutta, India on December 04, 2013:

Oh! What a nice hub. I found it so very informative and it will truly prove useful for budding writers or people who are full of ideas but lack confidence to pen it. What I feel that it is very important to take criticism in positive note. If you are demoralized, your confidence level becomes low and you have rightly pointed that out. Great job!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 04, 2013:

Thank you, April. I appreciate your visit and comment!

April Garner from Austin, Texas on December 04, 2013:

Thank you for some good, specific tips on building confidence in writing - very well-organized article! I'll definitely be referring back to it for pointers.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 04, 2013:

Thank you very much for the comment, epbooks! You are so right - we need to remember that it is impossible to please everyone with our writing.

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on December 04, 2013:

Wonderful hub and great tips. It's not possible to please everyone and people are always going to be there to offer criticism, but it's important to learn from it...and then move on and yes, write with confidence!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 04, 2013:

Hi, vespawoolf. Thank you for the comment. I appreciate it!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 04, 2013:

These are very helpful suggestions. I think it's important to write regularly, as you mention, and not close our minds to constructive criticism. Of course, we have to be willing to share our work to get that criticism. I also appreciate the importance of working through high and low periods of creative inspiration. Thank you!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 03, 2013:

Thank you very much, Deb. I love the thought of the light at the end of the tunnel!

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on December 03, 2013:

Very objective and useful. I like this, as it got directly to the point. Excellent piece of work, as well as showing hope to those that need it. There is always that light at the end of the tunnel.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 02, 2013:

Prasetio, I appreciate your visit and your lovely comment very much. Your hubs are always very interesting! I enjoy reading them. Best wishes to you.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 02, 2013:

Thank you so much, drbj! I appreciate your kind comment and your support.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on December 02, 2013:

Very inspiring hub and I learn much here about writing attitude. I always give the best though my English isn't good enough. Alicia, you are my inspiration and I love your tips here. Thanks for sharing with us and my vote always for you. Take care!

Prasetio

drbj and sherry from south Florida on December 02, 2013:

You have explored this topic about writing with confidence, Alicia, in the same incisive manner that you write about biology, physiology and other learned subjects. Well done, m'dear, you deserve this Up!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 02, 2013:

Thank you very much for the comment and the vote, Rae! Lack of confidence seems to be a widespread problem amongst writers, at least at some stage in their writing life.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 02, 2013:

Thank you for the comment about the poem. Marchello, and thank you for the suggestion, too!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 02, 2013:

Thank you for the comment, DDE. I always appreciate your visits!

Rae Saylor from Australia on December 02, 2013:

Hello, Alicia!

I myself have always had problems with having confidence in my writing, so thanks heaps for writing this hub -- and for sharing those nifty tips! Voted up :)

Marko Vucinic from Cuprija, Sebia on December 02, 2013:

Poem is very good, I like it.

A can add that writing diary can be very useful.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 02, 2013:

Writing With Confidence - Tips and Suggestions is a well guided hub and helpful to all writers.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 01, 2013:

Hi, Martie. Yes, accepting rejections with dignity is an essential lesson to learn! Thank you very much for the insightful comment.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on December 01, 2013:

Excellent advice, Alicia. Oh, those rejections. Accepting them with dignity, was the first lesson I had to learn.

Profound poem, describing all emotions :) So often lack of confidence is not provoked by inexperience, but by physical and emotional ups and downs.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 01, 2013:

Hi, Nadine. I'm very thankful for the digital tools that are available, too! They are a great help for writers. Thanks for the comment.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 01, 2013:

Thank you very much for the kind comment, Pamela! I appreciate it.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 01, 2013:

Hi, Bill. Thanks for the visit! I did have a nice Thanksgiving, thank you. Here in Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving in October. We have Black Friday and Cyber Monday at the same time as the U.S., though!

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on December 01, 2013:

Awesome hub. Wow! It has taking me twelve years to get to a point where I'm not scared anymore about writing and publishing my thoughts on...I wanted to say paper, but that is not happening anymore. Thank goodness for the spellcheckers and other tools at our...fingertips! For me writing means telling my story with words instead of pictures.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 01, 2013:

This is an awesome hub, and I agree with your views on writing. I think having a structured plan is very helpful. I also agree that constructive criticism is helpful, and I appreciate hearing things that might help me improve my skills. Awesome hub!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on December 01, 2013:

Hi Linda. Great suggestions and tips. I think we all struggle with confidence at some point. It certainly is a profession that requires thick skin. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 30, 2013:

Thank you for the kind comment, Dianna. I've actually written quite a lot of articles in the literature and writing section of HubPages, but they are definitely outnumbered by my biology and nature articles!

Dianna Mendez on November 30, 2013:

This is quite different from your other posts but still very useful and interesting. Great suggestions and information!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 30, 2013:

Hi, W1totalk. I know exactly what you mean by flickering confidence! I think it's a problem that many writers face. Thank you for the comment.

W1totalk on November 30, 2013:

I always battle my writing. I always have. I find this hub very good in how to get it done and how to promote confidence which can flicker if you question your ability even in the slightest way. Great hub.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 30, 2013:

Hi, Blossom. Thank you for the visit and the comment about the hub and the poem!

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on November 30, 2013:

Some good advice here and love the poem at the end. A useful hub.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 30, 2013:

Hi, Bill. Yes, there are many possible meanings of "success" for a writer in today's world! Thank you very much for the comment.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 30, 2013:

Excellent suggestions that any writer can relate to. I bonded instantly with the last section...decide what success means to you....I still don't know the answer to that one. :)

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 30, 2013:

Thanks for the visit and the comment, choosetolive.

Ravi and Swastha from London, Canada on November 30, 2013:

Nice Poem Alicia. Good hub as a whole.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 30, 2013:

Hi, The Stages Of Me. I experience frustrations in writing, too. I am so glad to hear that you write from your heart. This is such a valuable exercise, especially when you are sharing information that is so important to you! Thank you very much for the comment. Best wishes to you and good luck with your writing!

Kathy Henderson from Pa on November 30, 2013:

I really appreciate this hub. I am reaching this point in my writing, the point where everything seems to look bleek. I try laughing at myself as I am writing fromm my heart, skill is not something I seem to master. However, I love to share my faith and stories of life, and so I am trying to not get discouraged , just keeping on. So thank you for this hub and for the encouragemnet it will bring to many. Blessing to you.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 30, 2013:

Hi, Faith. Thank you for such a lovely comment! Yes, I do write about topics other than science sometimes! I appreciate your visit, votes and share very much. Best wishes to you, Faith.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 30, 2013:

Thank you for the interesting comment, Lori. P. An audience for a piece of writing is great, but as you say, writing is a very fulfilling activity even when there is no audience!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on November 30, 2013:

Awesome hub dear Alicia! I was expecting something to do with science, which I always enjoy learning and reading too. You have written a great truth here and that is writing is personal. Thank you for sharing such positive and insightful information and videos. Confidence in oneself as a writer is most essential for sure. For many, it comes naturally, for others, not so much. This is one of the most helpful writing articles I have read.

All who read will benefit from your advice here.

Up and more and sharing.

Blessings, Faith Reaper

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 30, 2013:

Thanks for the visit and the comment, Gail. I appreciate the vote, too.

Lori Phillips from Southern California USA on November 30, 2013:

Thank you for a great hub. Every writer can benefit from these tips for motivation and encouragement. I feel as you do sometimes, wondering if my writing is worth the effort. I was trained to write for an audience (journalism). It took me a while to release that rule and write for myself. That is when my writing took on an authentic tone. I do hope that others might read my work and find something useful in it, even if one other pair of eyes. If not, I write for me and that is enough. (Not enough to pay the bills though but sufficient for a measure of peace and fulfillment.) Thank you for sharing!

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