"When writers are self-conscious about themselves as writers they often keep a great distance from their characters, sounding as if they were writing encyclopedia entries instead of stories. Their hesitancy about physical and psychological intimacy can be a barrier to vital fiction. Conversely, a narration that makes readers hear the characters' heavy breathing and smell their emotional anguish diminishes distance. Readers feel so close to the characters that, for those magical moments, they become those characters."
Are you self-conscious about your writing, or have you developed the comfort and confidence to allow intimacy with your characters? This is a good question, one we should all face squarely.
If you hesitate or lean towards "self-conscious", there are a wealth of resources right here in the blogging community to help you work your way to a resounding "Yes, I'm confident!"'
What would your answer be?