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Dealing with self-criticism

Discussion in 'Writer's Lounge' started by Gemini, July 16, 2018.

  1. Gemini

    Gemini Member

    The old adage is true - sometimes we are our own worst critics. Does that mean we should never listen to our inner critic though? How do you know when you should listen to your inner critic? How do you get past the self-doubt that seems to plague so many writers and move forward?

    I've rewritten the first chapter of the book I'm working on at least a dozen times. I can't seem to move past it. Is it better to just trudge forward, even if you hate what you've written so far? I feel like I should share my work (what little I have at least) and get a second opinion, but that same self-doubt keeps me from wanting to share it with anyone.

    What has helped you gain confidence as a writer?

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