D-d-d-d-doubt.

“All of us, whether we are in this business or not, have little voices that tell us we’re not good enough.” Ellen DeGeneres 

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Thanks Google!

Ellen is once again hosting the Academy Awards this year.  If Ellen can speak of  those scary voices,  surely that alone will bring unbridled relief to the rest of us!

We may all have those moments when we are at the top of a precipice and can either slide down the back way or go for the gold. Largely, and apparently, it’s up to us! We stick or we slip.

Some even believe that self doubt can work for you.

Dani Shapiro Thanks Google!
Dani Shapiro
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Dani Shapiro, author of  “Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life,”

“…I’m not sure self-doubt is an obstacle. It might even be a writer’s best ally. It seems to me that every really good writer I know is plagued by it. Confidence is highly overrated when it comes to creating literature. A writer who is overly confident will not engage in the struggle to get it exactly right on the page — but rather, will assume that she’s getting it right without the struggle. People often confuse confidence with courage. I think it takes tremendous courage to write well — because a writer has to move past the epic fear we all face, and do it anyway.”

And, no matter the current books written by Anne Lamott, I always return to her “Bird by Bird.” Surely a standard for writers everywhere.

Anne Lamott Thanks Google!
Anne Lamott
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“You get your confidence and intuition back by trusting yourself, by being militantly on your own side. You need to trust yourself, especially on a first draft, where amid the anxiety and self-doubt, there should be a real sense of your imagination and your memories walking and woolgathering, tramping the hills, romping all over the place. Trust them. Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.”

I love those words. And isn’t that what we are here to do?

Would love to hear how your dancing is going.

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One thought on “D-d-d-d-doubt.

  1. B Bartos February 7, 2014 / 9:44 pm

    Dancing up a storm down here. Glad to see you posting to your blog again….keep it up!

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