You’ve probably just read the title of this post, ‘how to know if you’re a writer’ and thought, ‘she’s reading my mind.’ I swear to you, I’m not a mind reader. This has got to be the most frequently asked question among aspiring authors and writers. Everyone at some point with this issue of self-doubt. We fear that there are a set of prerequisites and we’re going to fall short. So, how do you know if you’re a writer? If you’ve ever found yourself asking that question, then this blog post is for you.
Is fear holding you back, from writing and publishing your book? Fear of failure, fear of judgement, and fear of success hold many aspiring authors from writing their first book. One of the biggest fears among writers and first-time authors is fear of judgement. You can often feel like a fraud and, as a result, end up consumed by fear, a fear that someone is going to call you out for not being an expert, but a fraud. Writing is one of those amazing things that can force you to face these fears. What do you do when you’re so gripped with fear and can’t bear to finish your first draft or go on to the next phase of writing? How do you overcome the fear of judgement?
Am I a writer? What if I can’t write? What if no-one will read what I publish? Seriously, if had a dollar for every time I heard this from an aspiring writer, then I would be a multi-millionaire. It’s almost like a right of passage. The first thing you learn about being a writer is to doubt yourself. It’s like you’re cancelling yourself out of the game before you even have a chance to play. These doubt-filled questions are deeply rooted in fear but not just any fear. A fear of failure. A fear that you will fall flat on your butt. Fear isn’t necessarily a bad thing, in fact, it’s a great thing, but you shouldn’t let fear make your decisions or stop you from taking action and pursuing your dreams. So, how do you believe in yourself as a writer when you’re just starting out?
Did you know that your idea of writing talent is a myth? Yes, a myth. Many people who fall in love with the dream of becoming a writer do so without realising that a writer has one of the longest apprenticeships.