“If you don’t have a sensation of apprehension when you set out to find a story and a swagger when you sit down to write it, you are in the wrong business.”
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I love this quote. We all have that sense of apprehension - five minutes of blog hopping will prove it. But the swagger... that's different.
It's okay to feel apprehension while we cook our ideas. It's natural to feel apprehension while waiting for critique feedback and throughout the query process. But while we're writing, we MUST believe in ourselves and our story. While we're writing, our fingers should "swagger" across the keyboard, confident of their strokes. Quality stories require a certain level of cocky certainty.
Today, give yourself permission to feel apprehensive without guilt. But when you sit down to write - really write. Write with a swagger!
What helps you feel confident as you write?
P.S. Shannon Whitney Messenger is having another mega-monstrous giveaway at her blog. Go check it out here.