Lately, I’ve been seeing more and more posts on social media platforms, such as Facebook about how writers are not feeling confident in their writing. I know last week that I talked a bit about this; however, I feel that having the confidence also goes hand in hand with as our job as writers.
The one thing that I did not mention in the post last week is about questions that we should be asking ourselves. The questions that I have in mind go something like this, “If I don’t tell this story who will?” The answer should be no one will. “If I don’t tell my story who is going to know about it?” The answer again should be no one. The final question should be “Should I tell this story?” The answer should be yes. If you answer no then maybe you need to work on another project for a while or think about what you could be doing other than your passion. Furthermore, the other question that you can ask yourself is “Who should know my story?” The answer should be everyone.
Granted, not everyone will know our story, but that should be the goal in the back of our mind that everyone including their mother should know the story that we are telling. This should be the case if you are writing fiction or creative nonfiction such as memoir, or even nonfiction. If you can tell a story then you are doing your job. In the case of nonfiction, especially with history there are so many cases and stories that not everyone knows about, and that is okay but if you have the information to tell the story or even add to the story then others will take notice of that. Let me give you the best example that I can think of is all the different documentaries and specials that have been released about the Titanic. If you watch a series of them, each one will tell a different side of the sinking or what took place on the Titanic. I must admit that I am a huge fan of the story, not just what was put in the movie of the same name. The Titanic itself has a mass array of information out there. Another example from a literary standpoint is either the Holy Grail or the legend of King Arthur, which I am a fan of both.
There have been numerous takes on all these stories but the beauty of it is that you have more information to add to that little cabinet that you store all that information into, and you can go back to it at a later date. The reason why I bring this up is that when you have that information, you gain the confidence that you need to tell the story or you have another piece to the overall puzzle. Yes, you will doubt on whether you should be the one to tell the story, but the confidence should overpower the doubt and you will work with the ease and confidence to write or even tell that story.
Look at this way, if you were at a party and you heard someone talking about the Titanic and they were hitting on points that you know but they were not hitting or saying it the right way, you can say to them, “May I add something to your discussion?” They will usually say “yes” you add what you need to, and let them ask you questions and you will answer them with confidence for you have the information. They may ask where you got your information and you will tell them that you got it from this documentary or book or wherever you came across the information and they will want to write it down and that is fine, for you added to their cabinet of information. When you walk away at the end of the night you have more confidence then you did going to the party.
That is how we should be feeling as writers when we are telling our stories. I’m going to leave you with one more piece of advice: eat some chocolate for it can help with that confidence. Or find something that will let your mind and what you are feeling melt away and let you find the joy in your writing.
I hope that you have another fantastic writing day!