How to Create Bomb-Proof Writing Confidence

As I leave the wonderful Melbourne and head west, it only seems fitting that this week’s guest post is by Melbourne-based freelance blogger Jackson Anderson, who reveals how to create concrete confidence in your writing abilities. Cue Jackson…

“The only way to confidence is through consistent action” – Jackson Anderson. (Yeah, that’s me.)

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been writing for months, years or if you’re just starting out – every good writer is on the look-out for that perfect “how-to” formula that will lead to more confidence in their writing abilities.

Writing confidence

Well, I’m about to take the cat out of the bag on this one so you might want to prepare yourselves…

Ready? Here it is:

There is no secret “how-to” formula for 100% writing confidence.

Mind-blowing I know, but it’s time for you to understand that the only sure-fire way to creating writing confidence is simply to participate in more of the following…

Just write more

It always sounds a bit too simple when people advise this doesn’t it? But the truth is, if you want to be a better writer you need to practice your craft.

The more you write, the more writing becomes a habit and, like with all habits (good and bad), the more you participate in them the better you get at them.

Start small – set yourself the goal of a minimum of 100 words a day and take it from there. For each milestone, increase your daily words and before you know it you’ll be writing 7,000+ words per week!

Stop looking for compliments

I’m not that cold. I get it – it’s always nice to hear that you’ve done a good job or even that you look good, or whatever. It’s not an inherently bad thing, but it does become a problem when you become crippled with fear and can’t ‘ship’ your work until you get the two thumbs up from your mum, partner or whomever.

You need to be able to write for yourself. You need to read the pieces you create with pride, to have an understanding of why you’ve written them that way and know that they will land well with your audience.

This is writing confidence.

Read, learn and reuse

You’re a writer, so I’m going to make the assumption that you read. And I will also bet my next paycheck that you tend to read work that you enjoy – which in turn leads to inspiration for your own words.

Use this.

This is where you can set a benchmark for your own work based on your idols and influences – like musicians, artists and athletes do. Aim to create better work than your idols and you’ll never need that pat on the back from Mummy to have confidence in your work again. I can guarantee that.

And finally:

Ensure your own writing inspires you

Freelance writers and bloggers are the creators of content. Content that aims to serve an audience and a purpose. One final way to create confidence in your writing is to ask yourself one simple question – “Does reading this inspire me?”

Think about why you constantly come back to Freelance Writers Online - or any blog, magazine or book. It’s usually because the writing you read in these places inspires you. You can be damned sure the authors know this too – because they were left feeling inspired when writing it.

You must aim to do the same.

But if you’re looking to change your audience’s lives for the better, it will shine through even brighter.

And guess what happens when you’re inspiring lives for the better? You can’t help but feel confident in your writing – and yourself. That’s just a fact.


So while it may not have been the big reveal you were hoping for, these are the real-world steps you need to take to ensure you create that concrete writing confidence in every word you write.

What holds you back from feeling 100% confident in your writing abilities? Let me know in the comments section below.

Jackson Anderson is a Freelance Blogger for hire who is on his way out of the mundane 9-5 lifestyle. Follow his blog and journey at Not Another Rat for advice, tips and stories that will help you do the same!

(Note from Kirsty: If you want to gain confidence as a freelance writer online, you may be interested in the Freelance Writers Online course. Click here for full details: Earn a Full-Time Living as a Freelance Writer Online.)

Image courtesy of Pete Simon via Flickr.

4 Comments

  • Libet Chang

    Reply Reply February 26, 2014

    Jackson, this is a very nice post and sometimes we don’t need those “big reveals” to inspire us. I just started freelance writing and the hardest part about the confidence thing is when someone criticizes.

    Sometimes criticisms are slightly warranted, sometimes they’re not. I like your advice that we ned to keep writing, read more and write, and seek work that inspires us. I’m not an expert, but I’ll bet that that’s the kind of formula that attracts one’s dream clients.

    Thanks for the post!

  • Jackson Anderson

    Reply Reply March 2, 2014

    Hey Libet!

    Thanks so much for commenting and I’m stoked you found the article helpful :)

    That’s exactly right. There’s always going to be criticism in-regards to your work because if you’re writing something that will land with 100% of people you’re writing really won’t be helping anyone :)

    And like anything, the more you practice and put effort into fine tuning what you do, the better you will become and you’ll be able to charge more as you can offer more value!

    All the best in your freelance career!

    Cheers!

  • Lisa

    Reply Reply March 25, 2014

    Congrats on the guest post, Jackson. I’m going to make sure the articles I write today have that extra “inspire sparkle.” Thanks for the reminder! Lisa

  • Jackson Anderson

    Reply Reply March 30, 2014

    Thanks Lisa, I’m definitely grateful for the opportunity from Kirsty!

    And anytime, glad I could be of assistance! All the best!

    Cheers!

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