Self Confidence For Writers Part 6: Final Thoughts

Mental Health, Self care for writers
When you've been writing for five, ten, fifteen years and have yet to see more than a little extra pocket money from your effort, it's easy to feel like you've accomplished nothing. And it's completely natural to think about giving up once in a while. It would certainly be easier to do just about anything else. Over the past few weeks I've discussed how various factors impact your self confidence, how to deal with different situations and what routines you can build to permanently improve your self confidence. These strategies are all useful, but the best way to build your self confidence is to make consistent progress towards your life goals. We all have issues, things we want to change about ourselves. Many of us also have big career dreams…
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Self Confidence For Writers Part 4: Coping with Criticism

Mental Health
I've talked before about the rules of critique courtesy, but there's a big difference between responding nicely to your critiquer and handling the critique well on an emotional level. There are also many different forms of criticism you're bound to face throughout your life. Everybody faces criticism, and we all know how much it can hurt. As such, our first instinct is often to ignore the criticism, let it go like water off our backs. Sometimes this is helpful--sooner or later you're bound to encounter unfair criticism or a critique that isn't useful in any way--but often it's actually counter productive. Even the harshest criticism often has a grain of truth, and if you ignore the criticism altogether, you don't learn how to make yourself a better person or how…
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