Lately, I have been thinking about the roles of inspiration and confidence (or lack thereof) in a writer’s success. If you are thinking, “Well, duh, what writer isn’t obsessed with these things?”, just bear with me. We pray for that flash of inspiration, that a-ha book idea; however, the a-ha is often followed by the uh-oh. We start thinking, “How would I make this work?”, or “That would never be believable.”, or–my favorite—“No one would buy this idea!”
Creative people tend to compare themselves (negatively) to the superstars in their respective fields (because, let’s face it, we never hear of the actor who didn’t get the part). This makes it difficult, particularly in times of self-doubt, to imagine that we can achieve our goals. In these moments, it would behoove us to remember that JK Rowling was unknown—and destitute—when she starting jotting down ideas for Harry Potter. But she refused to give up, and she made publishing history.
If that doesn’t convince you, I recommend checking out the Writer’s Room, a new show on the Sundance Channel. Each week, the writers from highly acclaimed shows (i.e., Breaking Bad) talk about their creative process and how hard they worked to convince TV execs that their stories would work on the screen. Here’s a hint: they didn’t do it by comparing themselves to others, but by distinguishing themselves from others.
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