Today’s tip is a writer’s worst enemy- yourself. You know that little voice in your head who criticizes your work before anybody else does? That’s a writer’s greatest fear.
The voice is like your mother. Sometimes she may say things that totally sinks your heart in defeat, but it’s for your own good. This little voice is trying to make your writing look better- it just has a very negative way of going about it. I’ve personally experienced deleting entire paragraphs because of a single shred of doubt in my mind. That’s not good. It’s horrible. Your downfall. Once you delete one paragraph, you’ll erase more, until you’re left with a blank page all over again.
I hate that voice. But that voice is me. So I hate me. Don’t you just want to shoot the voice in the head and be done with it? But then I would only be shooting myself. So it trying to get rid of it is no good.
What do you do? You can’t listen to it all the time, that’ll just bring you to more blank pages.
Here’s the tip; pretend you are a queen. Everything you write is right, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it, it’s the perfect version of Harry Potter, you’ll be a bestselling author before you know it. That’s what I tell myself. Hey, it works. That little voice can’t argue with you anymore because it’s wrong and you’re right.
You have to be satisfied with your works. Belittling yourself will only cause you more harm than good. You tried your best, therefore you are a brilliant author. A brilliant author, I tell you. The next J.K. Rowling.
No worries. Just be happy.