We often hear that writers have to be their own sources of confidence. But how we do measure that confidence?
After another enlightening conversation with my dean, I walked away with another one of his quotes:
"Confidence is entirely internal. It is simply believing that you can do something to a certain level. This has nothing to do with being the best or even better. Because true confidence does not require external validation."
You see, when you tell people you write, they expect to hear something palpable.
"What have you written?"
"Is it in Barnes and Noble"
"Did you get a book and movie deal?"
So maybe it all comes down to measurements. We construct ourselves based on others' commentary.
And that's quite unfair.
If I hit my own landmarks, whether that's a word count, scene transition, etc., then that should be enough.
So, here's a promise: to separating the internal and external, if for nothing else then to ensure that I give this my all.
**Thank you so much for your support in my last writing endeavor!! This community has been the greatest source of comfort and encouragement for me.
I've missed blogging and am excited to catch up on all of your posts!