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4 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Doubt on Your Children’s Book Project

Throughout the writing process, doubt is the one hurdle that’s guaranteed for almost every children’s book writer. It seems like there aren’t any ways to overcome writer’s doubt. No matter what stage you’re at, there’s always a little voice in the back of your mind: Can I do it? Should I even try? There are so many better writers out there, do I have a chance?

In short, yes! Think about your favorite author. It’s likely they have experienced some kind of doubt throughout the course of their writing career and felt like giving up. But they pushed through and ended up creating the book (or books!) that inspire you now. You also have that ability to overcome writer’s doubt and get back to creating.

Where Does Doubt Come From?

It’s important to understand where your doubts stem from, in order to understand how to overcome them. These are doubts that can hinder you from wanting to move forward with your writing process. They could stop you from finishing your first draft or prevent you from publishing your first children’s book.

Fear of failure is all too common. When you’re afraid to fail, you wonder if you should even try. For children’s writers, there’s also an element of vulnerability. Sharing your words can be scary. Many writers are introverts and sometimes feel worried about exposing their work to others who may not get it. In addition, writers might be afraid that their book won’t sell or be well-received by readers and reviewers.

There are a lot of great writers out there, but the feeling you’re not enough lingers. Their words have won them awards, film adaptations, and even tattoos from devoted fans. With all that considered, you may be wondering where you stand. Maybe you feel your work doesn’t compare.

Are all the good ideas taken? It often seems that you have nothing new to contribute. This can lead children’s book writers to feel reluctant with putting their work out there. If there are hundreds of books out there on the same subject, it can discourage you from adding your book in the mix. Wouldn’t it just be more of the same?

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Overcoming Writer’s Doubt

As with anything you set out to accomplish, there’s bound to be some doubt involved. But the challenge is, how are you going to face it? A lot of times when children’s writers undertake a new project, they listen to their doubts and believe them to be true. They believe that they aren’t qualified or that they’re just going to fail anyway. Because of this, they don’t get to see what would happen if they had actually succeeded, with the outcome being better than they’d anticipated.

Hopefully, you’re not the type to let doubts stop you from completing your writer goals. Even though doubts may come up and make you feel uncertain, you’re ready to move past them.  Read on for ways to overcome your writer’s doubt for good!

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1. Understand you’re going to fail.

This is an unfortunate reality. Failure sucks but it’s unavoidable. As humans, we’re bound to mess up one way or another. 

However, you can learn from your failures and correct your mistakes on the next try. Don’t let failure and the fear of it prevent you from knocking out your writing goals. 

2. Move past perfectionism.

We all want our work to be at its very best. After all, who wants to put out something shoddy?

Even so, there comes a point where you need to move past trying to be perfect. If you don’t, you risk trying to achieve some level of perfection that doesn’t actually exist. No one’s book is perfect. Query letters are far from perfect. And while it’s important to try your best in everything you do, understand that your various writing projects won’t always be flawless.

3. Recognize you are good enough.

There’s always going to be someone better, but don’t let that discourage you! Even though a fellow writer may seem like they write effortlessly or have accomplished more, that doesn’t negate what you’ve done. Your work, despite what stage it’s at, is just as good as the next writer. 

4. There’s plenty to contribute.

It doesn’t matter if your children’s book is nothing new or totally out there. It’s needed. Don’t fall into the doubt that your work has no place, even if the topic has been done by hundreds of others. While no idea is exactly new, there are ways you can make it your own. And if you’re searching for ideas for a children’s book, check out this article for seven ways to brainstorm your next children’s book idea

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Final Thoughts

As a children’s book writer, you’re going to go through periods of insecurity. It’s part of what comes with writing. But with these ways to overcome your writer’s doubt, you can get back to doing what you do best: creating and sharing your work with the world.

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