I've been thinking about confidence a lot lately.
A few months ago, when I was just finishing Underground, I was talking to a neighbor and he asked what I did for fun and I told him that I was writing a novel. He seemed impressed and he asked what it was about. I brushed him off and said, "Oh, it's nothing. It's just a book for kids."
I've noticed that I use this response often when people ask me about my writing. It's a bad response. It makes the person who was kind enough to ask about my book feel put off, and it undermines my confidence in myself.
So, I'm working on it. I think if confidence can make a short, chubby, hairy guy attractive, it can do wonders for my writing. Plus, it's possible that in the months to come I'll need to promote my book and I KNOW it will be way more attractive to buyers if I am confident about it.
The truth is I'm proud of my little book. It definitely isn't the most brilliant thing ever written, but it was fun for me to write, and most of the people who've read it think it's fun to read too.
Do you struggle being confident about your writing? What are you doing to become more confident?