I know so many aspiring authors who are paralyzed by fear they aren’t good enough.
They spend their time worrying their prose style just doesn’t hack it, their story-telling chops are weak, they’ve chosen the wrong point of view, they should have gone with the other story idea, etc. etc.
They’re so worried they aren’t good enough that when faced with adversity in the form of beta reader feedback, critique group comments, or recommended editorial revisions, they utterly crumble under the pressure.
The suggestion that changes might need to be made to their writing seems to confirm their deepest darkest fears of inadequacy. Of course, sometimes the harshest criticism doesn’t even come from real people, but rather the imaginary voices inside their own heads telling them they are destined for failure.
The irony is that these writers do indeed have a major obstacle preventing them from becoming a success, but it’s NOT the thing they spend all their time worrying about.
The problem isn’t that they aren’t good enough.
The REAL problem is they don’t want it bad enough.
If you really want to be an author, if you want it so intensely that you can feel is bubbling in your blood and embedded in the matrix of your bones, you’ll be willing to fight with every fiber of your being to make it happen.
Bad reviews. Writers block. Criticism and rejection. You’ll face all of it – we all do – but you’ll be able to overcome it because when you’re really hungry for success you won’t let anything stand in your way.
So stop sitting around worrying about whether your writing is good enough or not. It doesn’t matter. There are thousands of GREAT writers out there with careers that have gone absolutely no where because they weren’t willing to fight for their dreams. They weren’t willing to put in the blood, sweat, tears, and years required to build a career and find success.
You need to be asking yourself, “How BADLY do I want it?”
That’s what you should be worrying about.
Do you want it so bad that you’re able to find the persistence within yourself to fight through the adversity you’re absolutely going to face on the path to achieving your dreams?
Are you willing to make the sacrifices necessary to get to the top?
No one is going to hand you anything in this life. You are going to have to fight for every inch of ground you get.
Stop worry that you aren’t good enough!
Instead, start asking yourself if you want it bad enough.
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