A Great Quote on Writerly Self-Doubt

Every writer suffers from self-doubt. The thing is not to let it bother you, though this is often easier said then done.

What helps me with my own self-doubt is to stay reminded that ALL writers suffer from it. I don’t know how often I’ve read about a writer and his self-doubt while working on a book.

And just in case you, like me, need a reminder, here is a good one:

“…there’s a hormone secreted into the bloodstream of most writers that makes them hate their own work while they are doing it, or immediately after. This, coupled with the chorus of critical reaction from those privileged to take a first look, is almost enough to discourage further work entirely.”

– Francis Ford Coppola, “Letter to the Reader,” Zoetrope Magazine

How do you deal with self-doubt?


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