The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations.
I’m inspired by all sorts of things, such as nature, art, music and poetry. I get lots of ideas for fantasy stories from researching ancient mythology, folklore and philosophy. I also get inspiration for sci-fi and dystopian stories from articles about scientific breakthroughs and advanced technology. News stories, radio interviews and overheard conversations also spark my imagination and sometimes develop into interesting ideas.
Today, I discuss the inspiration behind my story “Sea of Sorrows” and share an excerpt in my story spotlight at the IWSG anthologies blog.
I’m a perfectionist and I’ve always struggled with feelings of inadequacy about my creative work. I get frustrated when the ideas in my brain don’t translate well to paper and start doubting my ability as a writer. I have a tendency to focus much more on my failures than on my successes. I often feel like I’m not a ‘proper author’ and will never be good enough.
The good news is, I’ve reached the stage in my life when I recognise this inner voice as self-sabotaging and try to ignore it. When I feel this way, I think about the positive feedback I’ve received and remind myself that the only way to improve is to keep on writing and sharing my work. The more I do that, the more I prove the negative voice wrong and the more I gain confidence in my writing.
I think many writers experience these doubts from time to time, and it helps when I remember I’m not alone. Writers are often their own harshest critics because they usually read widely and compare themselves to their favourite best-selling authors. But I don’t believe any author has had a smooth road to publishing. Everyone has experienced rejections, negative reviews or discouraging comments.
I’m lucky to have some wonderful ‘cheerleaders’ in my life who encourage me to keep going despite my doubts. But I’m learning to be own cheerleader too. The more belief I have in myself, the more I can achieve.
Before you go…
What inspires you? Do you struggle with insecurities and if so, how do you deal with them?