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Writing Confidence

Post by Reviewed_By_Julie » 13 Apr 2019, 20:27

I have a friend who is a talented writer. I believe she has had 2 poems published. However, she lacks the confidence to keep going and putting her work out there for all to see. What encouragement can I give my friend to keep writing? She is very good, and I would hate for the world to only discover most of her work after her life is over like Emily Dickinson. Any suggestions on how to encourage a writer to increase writing confidence?

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Post by RayneGodd » 14 Apr 2019, 17:01

Honestly, the best thing that you can do as a friend is actively engage your writer friend in discussions about her work. If she is a poet, talk to her about poetry and recommend the stuff that you read that you like, or link her to poetry competitions. Keep getting involved and enouraging her, that's honestly all you can do.

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Post by cadelfavreau » 17 Apr 2019, 14:38

Remind your friend that the flaws she sees are usually only seen by her, and most people don't share that perspective. this is really helpful when I write :)

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Post by lisalynn » 21 Apr 2019, 20:00

No matter how good or bad your work, someone will love it and someone will hate it. And if they hate it, the anonymity of the internet lets them be really nasty about it. Unfortunately, the ones who love it will be far less vocal. The brutal truth is, you have to be tough to be "out there." I know that doesn't answer the question about how to encourage someone, but perhaps knowing the challenge is part of conquering it.

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Post by Kyrenora » 24 Apr 2019, 09:10

Personally, I would recommend she try using a pseudonym. Perhaps if she has that level of anonymity, it will decrease her fear of failure.

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Post by Reviewed_By_Julie » 24 Apr 2019, 09:54

That's an interesting perspective.

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