Does Doubt constantly beg for your attention? Sometimes I allow it to clutter my mind, like the pesky Verizon guy asking, "Can you hear me now?"
In my experience, doubt can fester, rotting our limited confidence. We allow doubt to win when we:
dream but don't try
write but don't finish
finish but don't submit
receive rejections and give up
compare ourselves to others and find we're lacking
achieve milestones but don't celebrate their worth
place unnecessary pressure on ourselves
lose the joy of writing
Writers from all stages of the profession admit to doubting themselves, so we're in good company. And the lovely Tahereh wrote an inspirational post On Feeling Inadequate.
Doubt is normal, and hopefully temporary. When Doubt comes calling, I think we should drop his call in a hurry. What about you?
In writing this post, I found great quotes about about the subject. If you're struggling with doubt, I hope this sampling helps.
"If doubt is challenging you and you do not act, doubts will grow. Challenge the doubts with action and you will grow. Doubt and action are incompatible." -- John Kanary
"Persevere and don't let any self-doubt distract you." -- Catherine Pulsifer
"Nobody becomes great without self-doubt. But you can't let it consume you." -- John McKay