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Overcoming Self-Doubt: A Writer’s Journey to Self-Publishing Success

March 14, 20243 min read

Salutations, wordsmiths and storytellers alike! Are you feeling overwhelmed by self-doubt on your journey to self-publishing success? Fear not, for in this dynamic and engaging blog post, we will delve into the depths of self-doubt, explore its impact on our writing process, and provide actionable tips to overcome it. So, grab a cup of coffee, settle into your favorite writing spot, and let's embark on a transformative journey together.

1. Embrace the Journey:

Every writer's path is unique, and self-doubt is a natural companion on the road to success. Embrace it as a sign that you are pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and growing as a writer. Remember, even the most accomplished authors have faced self-doubt at some point in their careers.

An example: Sarah, a retired teacher, wrote her first novel in her sixties. During the writing process, she often questioned her abilities and wondered if her story was worth telling. However, she chose to embrace the journey, acknowledging that self-doubt is a part of the creative process. Her perseverance led to the publication of her novel, which resonated with readers and received critical acclaim.

2. Challenge Your Inner Critic:

Self-doubt often stems from our inner critic, that nagging voice that tells us we are not good enough. To overcome self-doubt, challenge this inner critic by questioning its validity. Is it based on facts or just fear? Replace negative thoughts with positive affirmations and remind yourself of your unique voice and perspective.

An inspiring story: James, a retired engineer, was plagued by self-doubt when he decided to write his memoir. He constantly questioned whether his story was interesting enough for readers. However, he challenged his inner critic by reminding himself of the wisdom and experiences he had accumulated over the years. This shift in mindset allowed James to complete his memoir, which touched the hearts of many and garnered rave reviews.

3. Seek Support and Feedback:

Writing can be a solitary endeavor, but it doesn't mean you have to face self-doubt alone. Surround yourself with a supportive community of fellow writers, mentors, or beta readers who can provide valuable feedback and encouragement. Sharing your work with others not only helps improve your writing but also boosts your confidence.

A relatable example: Elizabeth, a retired nurse, joined a local writing group where members shared their work and offered constructive criticism. This supportive environment allowed her to overcome self-doubt and gain valuable insights from fellow writers. With their guidance, Elizabeth went on to self-publish her collection of short stories, which resonated with readers and earned her recognition as a talented storyteller.

4. Celebrate Small Wins:

Self-doubt often makes us discount our achievements, no matter how small. Take the time to celebrate each milestone along your self-publishing journey. Whether it's completing a chapter, receiving positive feedback, or hitting a word count goal, acknowledge and appreciate these accomplishments. Recognizing your progress builds confidence and helps silence the voice of self-doubt.

An actionable tip: Keep a writing journal where you record your achievements, no matter how insignificant they may seem. When self-doubt creeps in, revisit your journal and remind yourself of how far you've come. This practice will serve as a powerful reminder of your growth and capabilities.


Dear writer, overcoming self-doubt is a continuous journey, but it is one that can lead to self-publishing success. Embrace the challenges, challenge your inner critic, seek support, and celebrate your accomplishments along the way. Remember, you have a unique voice and story to share with the world.

So, take a deep breath, let go of self-doubt, and embark on your writing journey with confidence. Self-publishing success awaits you!

Happy writing!

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Stephanie Krol

Dr. S. has a proven reputation of excellence & professionalism alike among clients & peers, in Higher Education Administration (Chicago-land market), and is a Publishing Services Provider. Krol is a well-known Multi-Award-Winning Educator (Professor, Speaker, Curriculum & Training Developer, & sought after Allied Health-Higher Education Dean (school turn around expert), while Investing & Brokering over the last 25+years, because of her proven market knowledge, integrity, and personalized approach. She transitioned into Publishing services, and enjoys advocating for authors, is a #1 Best-Selling National and International Author, a Certified Raw Dog Food Nutrition Specialist, and an entrepreneur. Dr. S. is: ➰a Boutique Publishing Services Provider, and Founder of Riley-Infinity & Lemniscate-Infinity Press ➰An Amazon Best Selling, & National Multi-Award-Winning Author (What the Pet Food Industry IS NOT Telling You…) ➰a Health Advocate (Functional Medicine Practitioner) ➰a Co-owner of a Real Estate School (Nationwide) Featured in many articles, podcasts, radio & TV relative to her functional medicine background, pet health & wellness consulting and publishing. She was inducted into The Marquis Who’s Who Publication Board. Her clients books have won a NYC Big Books Award, Silver, and BIBA. Her book has won 2022 Gold-NYC Big Books Award, Distinguished Favorite for Nonfiction Book Cover, 2022 Gold-Nonfiction Author’s Association, Living Now Award-Gold 2022 (IPPY), IBPA Benjamin Franklin, Silver Award 2022 & Independent Press Award 2022. She has very positive professional reviews (Kirkus, BookLife/Publishers Weekly, Blue Ink & The Wishing Shelf). She partners with: other publishing service providers, and independent authors, managing books for High-end Influencers, & Speakers all the way to a la cart folks creating DIY beautiful legacy books for their families. From fiction, to non-fiction, political, business, Ph.D. peers & higher educators alike, to decades long systematic world changers, children’s book writers, working with those passionate about their books, positively moved to change the world! Passionate about reversing disease & pain in dogs, cats & horses around the world, by changing the conversation from yearly vet visits to what we put in and on our pets daily!

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