“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” ~Sylvia Plath
Given how Ms. Plath ended her life, there is a solemn overtone to that quote. Following yesterday’s post on the bravery of writing, I thought of the many things that keep us from putting words on the page. High on my list are the distractions of everyday life: Twitter (oh my friend, how I love thee), blogging, facebook, an occasional load of laundry. But the surest thing to stop your writing and chill the bravest heart, is the destructive power of self-doubt.
It sneaks in on the soft padding feet of a sentence that just won’t work. It pounds at the back of your mind as you struggle through the middle muddles of a novel. It blares from the pages of your latest critique.
How do you keep the demons of self-doubt at bay?