In Josh Spector’s article titled How to Improve Your Writing in Six Steps, the sixth step is to Publish.
“Publishing forces you to stare down your insecurities and summon the courage to put your creation into the world,” he writes.
It’s one of the hardest steps for me.
As a writer, I experience a lot of self-doubt. If I don’t hit publish, there’s always an urge to go back and tweak, and tweak. It never feels good enough.
This was one of the reasons I used to do Write Club sessions. 30 minutes to write anything you want based on a prompt means that you have no space for self-doubt. The only thing you can do is focus on the task at hand.
Having been a working writer for about 10 years now, I’ve realised that the self-doubt is not always substantiated. Being paid to write means that there are deadlines and whether I judge a piece to be good enough or not, it has to be submitted.
Often, it’s not as bad as I think it is. And if the published version isn’t good enough, it’s a reminder for me to keep striving to do better.
Like any craft, the learning never ends.