All writers have them. In our heads, they often masquerade as confidence. Confidence is a GOOD thing. We need to be confident, to believe that our work is (or will one day be) worthy of being read, and that our efforts aren’t for nothing. We need confidence in order to press on.
Delusions are confidence’s evil step-sister. They keep us from moving forward, from honing our craft, and from growing as writers. They can be incredibly disadvantageous. Delusions keep us from reaching the success we dream of.
A few delusions I’ve entertained over the years:
Plot and structure are for conformists.
I don’t need to have my work critiqued; no one knows my story as well as I do.
Revisions are unnecessary; my story will be perfect the first time around.
I don’t need to abide by word count guidelines; every word of my (133,000 word) manuscript is golden.
Just wait until agents see this FIRST DRAFT of my FIRST MANUSCRIPT… They’ll be falling all over themselves to sign me.
I’ll definitely be one of those rare debut authors who sells at auction for six figures.
I know. Ridiculous, right?! It was sort of embarrassing even typing that insanity out, but looking back reminds me of how far I’ve come, and how vastly I’ve been educated.
Confidence = Good ~ Delusions = Bad
Admit it… you’ve entertained a few writing delusions of your own. Care to share?