Overcoming Self-Consciousness As A Writer

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Whether it's a new blog post, a piece of poetry or something else...I've found lately that I'm growing increasingly self-conscious about my writing. I don't want to feel this way, but I don't think I'm the only one who gets like this when it comes to sharing my work with others.

It's easy to feel self-conscious about our own writing, but it doesn't have to be that way.

There's the fear of being judged, of being criticised that stops me from posting a lot of the time, it stems from a lack of confidence and I know I shouldn't let it stop me, but I do time and time again.

It's perfectly natural to feel this way, but I feel as though its preventing my blog from reaching its full potential. I also want to start sharing more of my poetry with you guys, both on here and on my social media accounts, but I've been holding myself back. I've got loads of potential blog posts just sitting in my drafts because I feel they're not good enough to post and it's reached the point where I've had enough.

Over-coming self-consciousness is easier said than done, when we write something we're proud of we almost want to protect it from judgement or criticism, but opening ourselves up to this is just part of the writing process. When we post a blog post, it's almost guaranteed that not everyone is going to like it, the same goes for the poetry I'm writing.

My best advice is to always write for yourself, don't seek so much validation from others, though validation can be a good thing in moderation. Write something you're proud of and it's bound to resonate with someone.

From now on, I'm going to post whatever I want, I'm going to worry less about what others think of it and just go for it and if you're reading this and you're in the same boat, you should do the same too. Just go for it and ask yourself, what do you have to lose?

That's all for today,
Beth

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