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CONFIDENCE tricks

Scared to share or submit your work? Rejection got you down? (Re)build your confidence with advice and encouragement from Lynne Hackles

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Your story is done. Ready to go. You put it into an envelope and set off for the Post Office. Or maybe you’ve attached it to an email and your finger is hovering over Send. Then nerves kick in. You lose confidence. Is your story good enough? Will the editor laugh at your pathetic efforts? Are you wasting your time? Are you wasting their time?

Are you going to send your story out into the big, scary world or keep it safely at home? You worry about being rejected, being told you’re not good enough. Join the club!

Nearly all published writers have gone through this stage. It happened to me when I started out. My first story was halfway through the slot of the postbox and had been pulled back several times. Then I gave myself a good talking-to, telling myself that the editor didn’t know me, didn’t have my photo so he couldn’t show everyone and say, ‘Want to see the worst writer ever?’

Finally I kissed the envelope for good luck and rammed it into the box before the self-doubt, that lack of confidence, could start screaming at me again.

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