by Ruby Johnson
Whether you are working on new fiction or non fiction, sometimes self-doubt kicks in. Consider the following when this happens.
You live a life that no one else lives. Shouldn't you have thoughts and ideas that no one else has? You do not live a life that is boring. You're an individual with your own views. You know exactly what you value, what makes you unique, what inspires you. You've spent years defining your style, your way. You see things differently — as you should. So when it comes to writing, you have definite ideas about where you are, what you see in this world, what is best, what is beautiful. The next time you write, build on your ideas, literally. It's the way individual writers have been showing their ideas for centuries, one word, one sentence, one paragraph at a time . With endless ideas for stories, and limitless capabilities with talent, when you sit down to work on your manuscript, your work won't be just like the others on the book shelf, because it is uniquely yours alone. How could it be? Yours is built around your vision.
Surround yourself with inspiration. Where does your inspiration come from? If it's the outdoors, take the time to garden and let it stream into you with the smells and sounds of nature. Ideas can come in all shapes and sizes.Start with one and add layers of complexity to build a plot that twists and turns. Or, if non-fiction, start with an idea and build to a perfect conclusion. But the most important thing is to start.