Growth Mindset: What are Your Writing Insecurities?

Would you be surprised to learn that all writers suffer from doubts and fears and insecurities?

It’s true.

I’ve written and have had published more than twenty-five novels. Each time I start a new book, I find myself wondering if I can pull it off. 

When I’m halfway through, I wonder if I’ll be able to finish.

And as I get close to the end, the doubts creep, my negative self-talk making me question whether or not it’s good enough.

At some point, I realized that I was letting my negative self-talk have too much power. As a teacher, the concept of growth mindset is very present, and very powerful.

A growth mindset means you push forward through obstacles, and failure is not an option. Instead, it is a springboard to a new way of thinking or a new path. Obstacles aren’t roadblocks that make you stop; they are opportunities to grow and develop.

A writer’s journey is often paved with landmines. They come in the form of self-criticism, rejection, doubt, naysayers, and fear.

Instead of giving in to insecurities and looking at obstacles as roadblocks that stop your forward momentum, think of them as opportunities to figure out a new way around. 

Today, I have an exercise for you. I want you to think of a few obstacles or insecurities you face in your writing life, and then come up with ways to navigate through them, over them, or around them.

I’ll start with a few examples of obstacles and insecurities I’ve faced on my writing journey, and how I’ve changed them into growth mindset opportunities.

 

Obstacle/Insecurity #1: The What Ifs… What if I’m not good enough? What if I don’t finish? What if I can’t do it?

Growth Mindset: Instead of getting mired down with the What Ifs, I realize that I can’t possibly answer those questions unless I actually try. 

What if I’m not good enough? Well, what if I am?

What if I don’t finish? I certainly can’t finish if I never start.

What if I can’t do it? Anybody can do anything. It may take determination, but I have plenty of that.

 

Obstacle/Insecurity  #2: I don’t have time to write!

Growth Mindset: Time may be limited, but Rome wasn’t built in a day. Cliché, yes, but also true. Ten minutes a day, five days a week, equals fifty minutes. Fifteen minutes a day, five days a week, equals seventy-five minutes. 

You’ll be surprised at just how much writing you can get done by logging just a few minutes a day.

 

Obstacle/Insecurity #3: My writing isn’t good enough.

Growth Mindset: Whose writing am I comparing mine to? What am I basing my self-criticism on? Instead of focusing on the things that may be lacking in my writing, I focus instead on my writing strengths. I choose to focus on the positive rather than the negative.

 

Your turn! What are some of your self-imposed obstacles or insecurities? How can you turn them into growth mindset opportunities?