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Feb 25, 2015

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It's the fifth episode of "Write Now"! Hooray! I hope that this podcast is helping you to find the time, energy, and courage you need to pursue your passion and write every day.
Regain your lost confidence in 5 steps.
Say it's been a long time since you've written. Say you've been rejected, you've been told (or told yourself) you're not good enough, you've lost a job, or you've simply been intimidated by the sheer number of books at the bookstore.

Fear not! Seriously. I'm here to tell you that you're awesome, and that you can regain the confidence you need to start writing again. Here's how:

1. Free yourself of the pressure.
2. Remember that you are a writer, and nothing can change that.
3. Be proactive -- don't let despair win.
4. Form a habit of writing every day -- for while practice won't make you perfect, it will make you better.
5. Find a writing coach, mentor, or someone you trust to read your work.
I mention a couple of previous podcasts in this episode, which you can find below if you haven't listened to them already:

WN 001: What's keeping you from writing?
WN oo3: Writing as self-care

Remember, you have potential. So regain your confidence, get back on the horse (or bicycle or Vespa or dinosaur or whatever you prefer to ride), and live it out.

I know you can do it.
Book of the week!
I am DEFINITELY NOT EMBARRASSED about what I read this week. Which is The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton, a.k.a. the sixth book in the infamous "Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter" series.

It's kind of like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"-meets-paranormal romance-meets-'90s noir. If that sounds like something you'd enjoy, I'd recommend starting with the first book in the series, Guilty Pleasures. Or not. It's your life, and you're free to read whatever books you like in whatever order you wish.

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If you've ever lost confidence in your ability to write, how did you gain it back? Or if you haven't yet gained it back, what's keeping you from doing so?
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