It’s easy to fall in love with a writer’s style. Once a writer has captured your heart, you catch yourself waiting on the edge of your seat for the next novel, the next short story, or even the next blog post. And in that waiting period, the silence gives you an opportunity to hear that little voice in your head, the one that whispers those seven deadly words you don’t want to hear …
I wish I could write like that.
Those seven words can plant a dangerous seed in the mind of even the most accomplished authors, making them second-guess their abilities and wonder if they’re really cut out for this writing business after all. And what begins as a tiny sliver of self-doubt takes on a life of its own. Writing without intimidation becomes harder and harder, and what was once a source of joy becomes tainted by the bitter taste of fear. What if your writing isn’t good enough?