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Pay no attention to that doubt behind the curtain: Your author’s voice has spoken

Pay no attention to that doubt behind the curtain, your author’s voice has spoken

Writing a book can be alot like marching down The Yellow Brick Road to get answers from an all-knowing Wizard. Along the way, you confront a terrifying beast in your journey. Sure, it doesn’t resemble winged monkeys serving a wicked witch, but it harbors a goal to derail your creativity.

Doubt.

There it is, lurking behind every idea you have for your story. There it is, seeking to undermine every sentence that you write.

Doubt.

Is my book any good? Will I be buried in revisions until I’m as old as Father Time? Will anyone other than family or friends read my book? What possessed me to think that I could write a book?

Doubt.

It is that feeling in which many a restless night is born for an author.

Well, pay no attention to that doubt behind the curtain: Your author’s voice has spoken.

Your author’s voice reminds you of the passion that you have for writing. Your author’s voice reminds you that revisions don’t mean that you are failing as an author; rather, revisions are proof that you are growing in your craft. You are working through the creative cobwebs along the path towards producing your best work product.

Trust your author’s voice. Learn to live in each moment of your writing journey. Remember the first words spoken by your main protagonist. Recall the first steps you took towards resolving a plot hole that you stared at for what seemed like an eternity as a blinking cursor appeared to mock you. So, where do we go from here? That blinking cursor inquired. Where do you go from here, you nervously wondered.

It is okay not to have all the answers from the outset of your writing journey. Even as her life was unraveling before her eyes, that intrepid heroine Scarlett O’Hara realized that, “after all, tomorrow is another day.”

So, pay no attention to that doubt behind the curtain. Instead, focus only on your author’s voice. Most importantly, continue writing because tomorrow is another day, and trust me, the words will come.

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