The Struggle of Being a Self-Conscious Writer

As an English major, one would think that I would be more confident in my own writing. However, quite the opposite is true. In fact, I have been, and probably always will be, somewhat self-conscious of my own writing. It is safe to say that I am most likely my harshest critic. That being said, I feel as though it is important for me to find a way to get around these feelings of mine. As a future journalist, I need to be able to have enough confidence in my own writing to have it published. Otherwise, I will never be able to accomplish all that I want to accomplish.

So the question I must propose is this: how can one ever truly get over their own self-consciousness? This question has plagued my mind for as long as I can possibly remember. When I read famous works from authors such as Edgar Allan Poe and Ernest Hemingway, my mind immediately begins to wonder how on earth my writing could ever even come close to theirs. My vocabulary is nowhere near as extensive and my writing style is not nearly as eloquent. However, the more I think about it, the more I begin to realize something. Although my writing may not be the same as Hemingway’s or Poe’s, my writing can still be just as meaningful. Now don’t get me wrong. I am in no way comparing myself to great authors such as these two. However, the point I am trying to make is quite simple. My writing in uniquely mine. While Hemingway and Poe both have their own ways of writing, I have mine. I may not be a world-famous writer who has been read by millions, but I am still a writer, and through my writing, I am able to express a piece of myself that I am not able to express verbally. Writing is an art form. Not everyone is always going to see a certain piece of art in the same way. Not everyone is always going to like it. However, it is still an expression. It’s a way of viewing the world and letting others know about it. My style of writing is unique simply because it shows others how I view the world. It invites people to see inside my thoughts, even if for only a brief moment. This is what makes writing so wonderful. No two writers are the same, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. No two people ever think exactly alike and writing is an outlet for me, as well as many others, to finally be heard.

With all of that being said, I think the main point is simple. I am not Ernest Hemingway, but you know what? That’s okay. I am Lindsey Plemmons and I will always write in a way that is unique to me. As a writer and a future journalist, I encourage everyone to take on this mentality. Writing is a picture that is delicately painted with words. So my hope for everyone who is reading this is that you will go out and paint your own picture. Stop always comparing yourself to others and instead realize that you are wonderfully and uniquely made. Never be afraid to just be yourself.  Now go out and write in the way that is all your own!

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2 thoughts on “The Struggle of Being a Self-Conscious Writer

  1. Good advice. I think it’s fine to be self-conscious of your work–recognizing your own limitations as a writer can only help you improve on your weaknesses in the future. However, you can’t let that self-consciousness develop into self-doubt.

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    1. That is definitely something I must work on. It can be hard to feel confident in my own writing, but I am learning to look past my insecurities and put myself out there. I am always looking for ways to improve my writing. Thank you for your comment!

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