Welcome back to this odd, end of year sequence. Let’s get right into this member of the Four Horsemen of Writing. It’s closely related to the others and one could even say that it can be born from its siblings. It can also trigger procrastination, so it’s a rather unique one to place. So, what is it . . . You see it in the title, but here we go anyway.
We know this one very well. It can show up at any point during the process and usually when we have our guard down. Maybe you have doubts about the initial idea or fee like an imposter once you hit publish. It can pop up after writing a section regardless of the work you put into it. All you need is a flicker of doubt and it will run rampant through your brain. One can’t even predict how long it will last too. Maybe it will last for a few hours and maybe it will go for years. That’s why this tricky horseman can be so destructive, but I’d still put it at #2 as far as sneaky damage.
Doubt also births things like imposter syndrome and author anxiety/depression. So, it’s rather sinister and can even leak into other aspects of our lives. If it strikes hard enough, an author may start questioning multiple life choices. One needs to be very careful when doubt starts rearing its head. Best to take a step back and find someone to talk to who will help you get through this period. Not a devil’s advocate or someone who is against you writing in the first place. You need a real friend that will put this horseman back in the dungeon and help seal the door.
Now for the questions:
- How often do you suffer from doubt when writing?
- Is there a part in the process that holds more doubt than others?
- What do you do to handle doubt?