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If You Want To Succeed As A Writer…Conquer your self-doubt first.

Three years ago, I quit my six-figure job to become a full-time writer.

My youngest daughter had just married, and I had fulfilled all my responsibilities. I could live my life my way.

I created a website (www.neeramahajan.com) and started writing blog posts.
But there were two big problems:
1) Nobody was reading what I wrote.
2) I didn’t know how to write.

It was taking me 7–8 hours to write a 750-words post. I was investing countless hours for no returns. My dream to become a published author was going to remain a dream. I was on the brink of giving up when I decided to join an article writing course.

It was a highly demanding, overpriced, three-month-long course with daily homework. It was my last chance to save my dream.

Three weeks into the course, and I couldn’t believe it — the course wasn’t even hard, and I was not a bad writer. In fact, I emerged as a star student. Suddenly, I was writing the same 750 words article in under 1–2 hours.

I learned the problem was not with my writing but with my thinking.

I had no self-confidence.

I needed external validation.

Lack of self-confidence was keeping me from realizing my dream.

After finishing the course, I made a 100 Day Article Sprint. I wrote 100 articles in 100 days on Medium.

On Day 24 of the Sprint, I was selected to receive a $500 check as one of the top 1000 writers on Medium.

On Day 65, I started writing a book. I wrote and self-published it in one week, writing a daily update of the progress on Medium.

In the past five months, I have written five books. I have already published three of them. The other two are in the publishing queue.

I have overcome the most significant hurdle any aspiring writer could face — lack of self-confidence.

If you want to succeed as a writer (or any other endeavor), conquer your self-doubt first.

Don’t let doubt ruin your passion.

Have faith in yourself and your abilities.

All writers struggle with self-doubt, even the established ones. But they all learn to manage it.

Follow the five rules to overcome your self-doubt.

  1. Retire the inner critic.
  2. Done is better than good.
  3. Don’t compare yourself with other writers.
  4. Concentrate on the verb not the noun of writing.
  5. Show the same compassion to yourself as you would to other writers.

Read my journey from a scared chicken to an author of three books in Dare To Create It is available for 99 cents for a short time. You can get it here.