The Benefits of Being An Insecure Writer
It took me a while to believe in my own writing. Part of that was because first I had to figure out what kind of writer I wanted to be and what my style was. Once you know that, being secure becomes a little bit easier. However, there is nothing wrong with being an insecure writer. In fact, I believe it can make you a better writer.
Everybody is different, and everybody has different preferences. Have you ever had someone tell you they don’t like chocolate? Or perhaps you’re the person who told someone that. Either way, the reaction from others usually is utter shock and disbelief. That’s because they love chocolate so much, it’s hard to believe that someone DOESN’T like it. It just goes to show that anything is up for debate. Therefore, in a world where even puppies can be disliked, so can your story.
This is why it’s even more important to be extra critical. Insecurity will make you learn as much as you can about your writing, it will motivate you to find good beta readers, and it will prevent you from hitting send to an agent after a first draft. Also, perfecting the art of writing takes time. It’s like a muscle that needs to be trained. Yes, you want your story out there. The question is: do you quickly want to send out a story that is poorly written or do you want to make sure you send out a story that is well-written, even if it takes time.
There’s no need to be insecure if you have given it your absolute 100%, not one percent less. Until then be as insecure as you want, because if the worst thing that people can say about your story is that it’s just not their cup of tea, then that’s damn good.