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.