Chuck Wendig wrote this post for writers, but I think it’s relevant to any kind of creative activity:
Suddenly Old Mister Doubt is jabbering in your ear.
Youâ€™re not good enough.
Youâ€™ll never make it, you know.
Everyoneâ€™s disappointed in you.
Where are your pants? Normal people wear pants.
…self-doubt is the enemy of the writer. It is one of many: laziness, fear, ego, porn, Doritos. But it is most certainly one of the worst, if notÂ theÂ worst, in the writerâ€™s rogue gallery of nemeses.
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I wonder if self-doubt is a requirement for good writing. Some of the awful writers on Kindle seem to be blissfully free of it. I suppose that if you think everything you’ve written is garbage, it’s self-doubt, but if you recognise that some of your stuff is OK, then it’s just rewriting as normal…
I honestly don’t know. I suspect it’s about balance: you need a certain amount of ego to start it/ do it/ finish it /put it out there/ keep talking about it, but if there’s too much you’ll be a tit and if there’s too much self-doubt you’ll spend a lot of time being miserable and unproductive.
Certainly if being a moany-faced misery means good writing, then my next book will be AWESOME :)
Same as every other endeavour, surely: people who aren’t good at their work lack the necessary amount of self-criticism to realise it. People who are good at their work typicaly don’t rate themselves that highly. Which is why promotions based on self-assessments are such a disaster.