Building confidence as a writer involves mastering the writing craft, sure, but it isn’t all about writing. And building confidence can be applied to all aspects of your life, not just the writing side.
I found an article recently that lists several ways to build confidence as a writer and I’m going to tackle one at a time as I feel they deserve more discussion than simple bullet points.
The first is to do something first thing each morning that makes you feel great.
My first thing is to greet the day. Now that I’m in my new place, I’m enjoying a wonderful deck and have taken to going out each morning to say “Good Morning, New Day”. After a few deep breaths and admiration of the view, I feel inspired. (I do something similar before going to bed, too.)
It’s a simple thing, to acknowledge the new day – but it feels good. You may enjoy a few moments of quiet, write some morning pages, take the first sip of your favorite morning beverage, or any other thing. Giving your significant other a good morning kiss could start your day, listening to a favorite song or radio station, doing a crossword or Sudoku puzzle.
The thing you do that makes you feel great can take a few seconds or a few minutes – whatever fits into your life and helps you start the day with a smile. A smile triggers endorphins which make you feel better and when you feel good, your confidence gets a boost.
What do you do first thing in the morning that gives you a smile?
Lisa J. Jackson is an independent writer and editor who enjoys working with businesses of all sizes. She loves researching topics, interviewing experts, and helping companies tell their stories. You can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
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“The first is to do something first thing each morning that makes you feel great.”
Wow ! Amazing!
I wake my daughter up with a kiss to get her ready for school. Or she wakes me up with one!
that’s a wonderfully sweet way to start any day! 🙂
I want to say the first thing I do is kiss my dear wife, but that’s not quite true. I’m the first to pile out of bed. And the first thing I do is to follow Cody, our black lab, to the back door, then out to the back screen porch where he waits patiently for sleepy me to get his leash. I buckle him up and we go out onto the patio and he then meanders out into the yard and relieves himself with great satisfaction!
I stand there and gaze above the dark trees at the sky which is now, at 5:30 am, a beautiful blue-gray, sprinkled with stars and here and there a few light gray clouds and a moon just on the wane. That early morning prosaic task of Cody’s gives me a chance to see that lovely morning sky, and it’s almost always breathtaking.
Those moments around sunrise are so quiet and beautiful – it’s great that Cody gets you outside each morning to greet the day. Thank you for sharing, Paul! 🙂
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Once again love the encouragement your blog inspires. Absolutely confidence as a writer comes only as you grow in confidence as a person. Each day for me begins with a deep breath in and awareness of the new day. Ideally I begin with a short prayer for Strength and Grace but sometimes its the outside magpies wanting a treat. A moment looking skywards. Whatever, beginning the day well can and does influence how you live and indeed what you write in that day.
Thank you for sharing, Faye. And I’m glad you find our NHWN blog inspiring and encouraging – that’s what we’re here for!
I absolutely love this post. I have been wandering wordpress and looking for posts on confidence. I have to say that this is one of the better ones that I have read. I thoroughly enjoy the way it is in which you relay the point. Simple and yet impactful. I am sure that you have tons of people asking you to look at their blogs, but if you might take a second and read just one post of mine and make some suggestions in which I could improve, I would greatly appreciate it. If you do not have that time, I totally understand and I look forward to reading your next post.
Thank you for reading and commenting. I have stopped by your blog and sent you some comments through your Contact page. Took me a while to even find your name, Seth. My first tip is to let people know your name so they can at least say “Hi, Seth”. 🙂
I can’t thank you enough for your input Lisa! I will be certainly making those changes. I really do appreciate it!
Hey Lisa. I have been thinking more about the suggestions that you made and I wanted to thank you again. One of the things that I have decided on this blog journey is that I want it to be me. My style of writing and putting myself out there. You helped me a lot in realizing there were some big parts of my blog that werent doing that. So I just wanted to thank you again. Very much appreciated!
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This was a wonderful post. Yes, we all should have our own morning ritual. Whether it takes seconds or minutes, humans need a rhythm. So why not straight away in the morning.
thank you, Meer!
A great life coach once told me to smile at myself in the mirror. Sounded extremely silly, but I tried it in a period in which I was a bit low… and after getting over the embarassment, I found it worked 🙂 Now I don’t need the routine at all, and if I do catch a glimpse of myself in the morning, I usually just grin 🙂
that’s a great habit – I’m going to give it a try. 🙂
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Very important -confidence building almost always -it must not sag otherwise writing blocks can set in your psyche and excuses, comparative standards might reduce you to a pebble without any potency integral in you as in David s natural catapult against Goliath.Though of course he won not because of his boldness and reward promised – he had prepared more than one stone ahead if the legendary battle.Lisa ‘ s piece is good.It serves as a reminder or should I say a 5-minutes’ coaching for all mental & physical workers . But I m surprised she didnt mention confidence building in and about sex -play s- which is what not only how we mimic our Creator but also replenish population on planet earth even though we are made to believe our advent on earth is a temporary one and as such we must be ready to be transformed to an incorruptible heaven. It’s a big omission to have glossed over that men in love and wanting to or expected to show it by the love act need to verbally or physically boost their wonderful bodies to enhance the foreplay and assure themselves they are in a hilarious and safe world,Men – whose arousal are spontaneous majorly can be potently provoked to ask or make love by mere sight of a fine or preferred female nudity whereas women need to be aroused and pleasantly excited by word of mouth and all forms of psychological boost hitherto un – explored to get her into the necessary pleasure or procreative act,Whatever the reason or mission of the special sport they need to assure themselves they are organically appropriate for the harmless game. Whereas I claim it’s a harmless game I might be psychologically or medically myopic. Most women might not be physically or mentally ready for the act due to exhaustion or fatigue due to work or mandatory house task or low libido issues or interpersonal conflict or low self esteem,Imagine this as a not uncommon hindrance to confidence building and orgasm. Clearly the writing craft needs continuing polishing especially if the writer or poet in the consulting or teaching position want to grow in his or her ability to write professionally or compose more than one genre of writing -there s no other way than to horn your skills on different aspect of writing you ve identified you need polishing or further training-online or offline.
LOVE – MAKERS will also need good boost of each others wonderful figures and their propensities in bringing forth God s mega binary from Adam & Eve to 7 billion people on earth. In recent years online and offline I have encountered writers and trainers in leadership and Mlm workshop -training sessions unabashedly disclosing their past penury and very pedestrian living.I was so buoyed when a Filipino trainer who ‘ s now a multi- millionaire reflected that years back,he used to eat out better in friends house and that he rarely switched his fridge on because there was nothing to cool! But today he ‘s passed that ordinary subsistence level to an extraordinary level.Such reminiscing should be used or adopted in confidence building while bringing up others in a fledging to a to peak career position.David Graham an American English poetry teacher is a good advocate of confessional writing.
This respondent wishes that all writers of different genre write robustly from their life experience and travail and only indulge majorly in imaginative writings though of course such writings or poetry can be embellished depending on the intent of the write up.Whatever the content and direction and longevity of the characters in a work art or sculpture readers and viewers will interpret or analyze which are true to life or just fantasies attainable in lives yet to come. I don’t think I don’t love Lisa s style of dishing out salable or viable ideas to actualize her primary responsibility as a commercial writer. She has to write to make a living but mind you she isn’t being pressured by super boss or external editor sighing somewhere to destroy or mutilate or otherwise with good intention to accept her script and thereby enlarge her submission. The secret of this kind of career – to live on writing all over the world is that you must not have confidence in yourself you must be resilient in scaling it possibly with auto suggestion or self confident boosting sayings or pronouncements on yourself if you fe a believer or amazing high esteem personality- you must boost yourself. You must buoy up yourself that you re not only equal to the task of the day but you re one of the best -not necessarily indispensable – otherwise the world or the days project will collapse if you sloth a minute. Even the Bible said,’ YOU ARE WHAT you said with your mouth’. Most Pentecostal Christians and motivational writers and speakers often quote the sensibility in dressing properly especially as situations dictate because that s surely how you will be addressed.Others also abstracts Mathew Maxwell the leadership writer :your altitude depends on your attitude.
Imagine this without confidence how can a trainee or writer or weight lifter or pop or jazz band or politician achieves a level or competitive skill potent or resourceful enough to achieve proficiency or excellence or win a Nebular award as a scifi writer. Posts like this from Lisa have been dynamic,less abstract and infectious.Her themes are always doorstep experience and very practical hugely biographical.Again the message or teachings implied are not always difficult to rehearse or build on to adopt and generate measurable progress insofar you know that its not enough to have your onions but you must also know the medicinal properties in them beyond culinary list.The human mind is a deep cavern worth trillions just as a typical man created by other humankind by His Grace is blessed with trillions of sperms and the women counterpart is also endowed with a unique system that can carry a human fetus viviparously.All men are wonderful billionaires depending on what they choose to do with their natural billions and same applies to women if they choose to help increase mankind population beyond the current 7 billion- no qualms because we’re it not for selfishness of the elite and bad governance there ‘ s enough resources to live well if managed equitably or justifiably. Love Lisa Jacksons thoughtfulness,Hope others will keep loving the world and keep caring for writers’ psychosocial needs.I also hope more gifted and confident people will ‘
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I love listening to a Podcast first thing in the morning while I have my coffee and breakfast. Liz Gilbert’s Magic Lessons are always my favorite and an excellent source for creative confidence.
thank you for sharing that, Leigh. I haven’t listened to any particular podcasts yet, but have started a list and have added your suggestion to it. 🙂
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i crawl from bed, set the coffee brewer a brewing lean back on the love seat and close my eyes then listen to the water pumping through the machine and into the pot, black gold hot, delicious, and waiting.
that sounds like a great way to start the day, Jim. (I’d end up falling back to sleep from that sweet sound and scent.) 🙂
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The wife and I really love this blog and appreciate the creativity and inspiration you provide. Our minds are marvelous and capable of amazing feats, yet most people use them to do little jobs because they lack the confidence you identified in this article. If you ever want to take this blog to the next level by offering a Mobile App version my company Zenlight would love to help for an extremely low price, we appreciate the hard work you have put into this blog and wish you all future success in business and in life.
Thank you for your time, it is the most precious thing we all possess.
I have just discovered this blog, and am risk of spending the rest of day just reading the great posts, rather than getting on with my work. The first thing I do each morning is give my cat a hug (I don’t actually have a lot of choice about that, but I don’t mind anyway!). I then remind him that today he is not sit on my laptop, and go off to feed him. He usually sits on my laptop until the food is down.
I can relate to the cat issues, Emma. Thanks for the comment!