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Building Confidence in Writing - Tips, Ideas and Techniques

Updated on February 26, 2016
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Linda Crampton is a teacher who enjoys reading and creative writing. Her favourite genres are classic literature, fantasy, myth, and poetry.

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Confidence for Writers

Writing can be an absorbing and very enjoyable activity. It can also be an emotional roller coaster, especially for writers who lack confidence. A severe lack of confidence can interfere with the ability to write.

A writer may experience wonderful periods when words flow with ease and something significant is created. On the other hand, the writer may also experience periods when the rush of ideas stalls, the writing seems stilted or inconsequential and the possibility of creating anything of value seems remote.

Another emotional challenge for writers is the presence of negative feedback and rejection, which every writer experiences at times. For some people, criticism and failure are very demoralizing.

Writing is a very personal activity. Factors that increase confidence in some people might not do so in others. In general, though, the following tips and suggestions should make a writer feel more confident and help them to achieve personal success in writing. They work for me!

Pens, pencils and electronic devices can all be useful for writing. The best device is the one that allows ideas to flow freely.
Pens, pencils and electronic devices can all be useful for writing. The best device is the one that allows ideas to flow freely. | Source

Like a writer who lacks confidence, a confident writer may still experience emotional highs and lows, but the lows are generally less intense and shorter in duration. Confidence gives resiliency to the ups and downs of writing.

Set Writing Goals and Practice New Writing Techniques

Becoming a more frequent or more creative writer can be a big help for building confidence. Activities that help a writer attain these goals are very valuable.

  • Try to write regularly and often.
  • Create a writing schedule and try to follow it as much as possible.
  • Choose a goal for each writing session.
  • Don't stop to criticize yourself during the first draft of a composition. Let ideas flow. Editing can be done later, if necessary.
  • Practice writing in a new genre, style or voice. Realizing that you can write out of your comfort zone is a great confidence booster.
  • Use writing prompts from online writing sites to stimulate your writing. Don't avoid a prompt because you think that it doesn't look interesting. Try to rise to the challenge of writing about a subject that you wouldn't normally choose. Use brainstorming techniques or mind maps to come up with writing ideas, if necessary.
  • Read your writing aloud when you come to the editing stage. This may help you to detect problems in language, sentence structure, composition or flow that you didn't notice while reading your work silently.

This would be a good place to write for some people.
This would be a good place to write for some people. | Source

Surroundings can be important when a person tries to start a writing project. Some writers may be more confident when writing outdoors or when surrounded by particular objects.

Share Your Writing

As daunting and strange as it may sound for beginning writers, one of the best ways to slowly build confidence is to share writing with others and receive constructive criticism. This can enable a writer to improve their work, receive positive feedback and become more confident.

It's often very hard for a writer to judge their own work. Some people may be happy writing for sheer enjoyment and may not want to get feedback on their work. To improve writing skills and thereby develop more confidence, it's usually necessary to share writing, however.

Sharing short pieces of writing with friends on social media websites could be a gentle introduction to the sharing process. Sharing work with a trusted individual or a small and friendly writing group could also be a good way to build confidence.

After this, a writer could consider publishing work on a free blog or an online writing site. Supportive followers of the person's writing can give a definite boost to confidence with their comments. If a person's writing efforts are open to comments from the general public, however, they may get negative as well as positive feedback.

Constructive criticism and the support of others can help a person to reach their goal.
Constructive criticism and the support of others can help a person to reach their goal. | Source

Constructive criticism describes the merits in a piece of work and also offers suggestions for improvement of the weaker areas. Destructive criticism indicates the problems in the work with no suggestions for improvements and no mention of any merits.

Get Constructive Criticism

Criticism done correctly can be helpful for a writer's confidence in the long term, although it may be difficult to receive at first. Constructive criticism can help a writer improve their future creations as well as the one that is being assessed, which can lead to increased self confidence. This type of criticism can be very supportive. On the other hand, destructive criticism can severely damage a writer's confidence and may even discourage the recipient from continuing to write.

Excessive praise and flattery where they aren't deserved can also be unhelpful. Praise can certainly be encouraging and is a great way for someone to support a writer. False praise can cause a crash in the writer's confidence when their writing gets a more realistic assessment, however.

Writing instructors, mentors, editors and fellow writers in writing groups may be good sources of constructive criticism. Relatives or close friends may or not be, depending on their objectivity.

Lucy Diamond's Tips For Building Confidence in Writing

Even commercially successful writers have had to deal with repeated rejections, as these statistics show.

Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen - 140 rejections

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig - 121 rejections

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell - 38 rejections

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling - 12 rejections

Learn Techniques for Dealing With Rejection

All writers - even successful ones - have to face rejection. Rejections have the potential to cause a major loss of confidence, so it's important that every writer learns how to deal with them.

Dealing with rejection successfully requires determination and perseverance. There are a few strategies that can make the process easier, however.

  • Always celebrate successes - even small ones.
  • Make sure that you always have a writing project in progress. If a previous project is rejected, the current one may provide hope for the future.
  • If you don't have another project in progress when you receive a rejection, start one as soon as possible, even if you don't feel like it. It's important to write something. The initial effort can be edited later, if necessary.
  • When some writers receive a rejected manuscript, they immediately place it in a new envelope and send it to another publisher to try to reduce any loss of confidence. Consider whether this strategy would work for you.

Rejection doesn't necessarily mean that a piece of writing is inadequate. A publisher may reject a submission even though the writing is good because it isn't suitable for the publisher at that time. A letter that gives information about why a project was rejected is very useful. If a writer knows that there is something wrong with their work and also knows what the specific problem is, they can take steps to correct it and improve their chance of success in the future.

Sean Platt's Suggestions for Building Confidence

Keep Learning About Writing

Learning by writing is important in order to improve writing skills, but so is learning by reading or listening.

  • Visit your favorite writing advice websites to read their suggestions for improving writing.
  • Read or listen to writing hints from a writer that you admire.
  • Read writing magazines.
  • Read the work of other writers who are successful in some way. Analyze their work to try to discover what they are doing right (or wrong).
  • Consider taking a writing course to improve or add to your writing skills.
  • Attend writing workshops or conferences.

Of course, while suggestions from experienced writers may be useful, ultimately the decision as to whether or not to follow a suggestion or practice a technique is up to the student.

Reading and research are always useful for writers and can stimulate the imagination.
Reading and research are always useful for writers and can stimulate the imagination. | Source

Entering writing competitions with the right attitude can be a great stimulus for boosting confidence. A writer can still be successful even if they fail to win a prize. Trying to create an excellent piece of writing for a competition can improve creativity and writing skills.

Decide What "Success" Means for You

Success and confidence are partners in the writing endeavor. Success in writing builds confidence and confidence increases the likelihood of writing success. The definition of "success" is different for different writers, however.

For some people, creating stories that entertain their children or grandchildren or having a group of loyal followers on a writing site is the only success that they want. Other writers might want to earn a specific amount of money from their online writing efforts, publish and sell a specific number of ebooks, get published in traditional media, get a reputation as a good writer in their niche or become well known. Happily, in this digital age there are many ways for people to experience success in writing!

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Confidence can help a writer grow. | Source

A Poem about Writing Confidence

In the poem below I describe the experiences of a writer who lacks confidence yet is determined to keep writing.

I'm Writing

I'm writing, writing, writing,
a race against my mind.
Keep back fear and misery,
don't let doubting win.

I'm crying, crying, crying
in the presence of The Loved.
Their writing scintillates
and feeds their readers' dreams.

I'm sinking, sinking, sinking
in shame of words that fail,
in worthless shards of thoughts
and broken hopes and plans.

I'm fighting, fighting, fighting,
my nonsense won't be crushed.
Imagination sears a path
and regeneration looms.

I'm hoping, hoping, hoping
that someone may be touched,
appreciate a point
or like a single thought.

I'm loving, loving, loving
exploring all I can
with senses, thoughts and dreams,
and writing from my soul.

© 2013 Linda Crampton

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great informative and helpful hub Alicia. I love the poem too. Voted up.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment and the vote, Jodah!

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      Gail Meyers 3 years ago from United States

      Confidence is so important in most endeavors in life and writing is no exception. Thanks for the great tips. Voted up.

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      Lori Chidori Phillips 3 years ago from Southern California USA

      Thank you for a great hub. Every writer can benefit from these tips for motivation and encouragement. I feel as you do sometimes, wondering if my writing is worth the effort. I was trained to write for an audience (journalism). It took me a while to release that rule and write for myself. That is when my writing took on an authentic tone. I do hope that others might read my work and find something useful in it, even if one other pair of eyes. If not, I write for me and that is enough. (Not enough to pay the bills though but sufficient for a measure of peace and fulfillment.) Thank you for sharing!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the visit and the comment, Gail. I appreciate the vote, too.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Awesome hub dear Alicia! I was expecting something to do with science, which I always enjoy learning and reading too. You have written a great truth here and that is writing is personal. Thank you for sharing such positive and insightful information and videos. Confidence in oneself as a writer is most essential for sure. For many, it comes naturally, for others, not so much. This is one of the most helpful writing articles I have read.

      All who read will benefit from your advice here.

      Up and more and sharing.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the interesting comment, Lori. P. An audience for a piece of writing is great, but as you say, writing is a very fulfilling activity even when there is no audience!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Faith. Thank you for such a lovely comment! Yes, I do write about topics other than science sometimes! I appreciate your visit, votes and share very much. Best wishes to you, Faith.

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      The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

      I really appreciate this hub. I am reaching this point in my writing, the point where everything seems to look bleek. I try laughing at myself as I am writing fromm my heart, skill is not something I seem to master. However, I love to share my faith and stories of life, and so I am trying to not get discouraged , just keeping on. So thank you for this hub and for the encouragemnet it will bring to many. Blessing to you.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, The Stages Of Me. I experience frustrations in writing, too. I am so glad to hear that you write from your heart. This is such a valuable exercise, especially when you are sharing information that is so important to you! Thank you very much for the comment. Best wishes to you and good luck with your writing!

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      Ravi and Swastha 3 years ago from London, Canada

      Nice Poem Alicia. Good hub as a whole.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the visit and the comment, choosetolive.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Excellent suggestions that any writer can relate to. I bonded instantly with the last section...decide what success means to you....I still don't know the answer to that one. :)

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Bill. Yes, there are many possible meanings of "success" for a writer in today's world! Thank you very much for the comment.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Some good advice here and love the poem at the end. A useful hub.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Blossom. Thank you for the visit and the comment about the hub and the poem!

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      W1totalk 3 years ago

      I always battle my writing. I always have. I find this hub very good in how to get it done and how to promote confidence which can flicker if you question your ability even in the slightest way. Great hub.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, W1totalk. I know exactly what you mean by flickering confidence! I think it's a problem that many writers face. Thank you for the comment.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      This is quite different from your other posts but still very useful and interesting. Great suggestions and information!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the kind comment, Dianna. I've actually written quite a lot of articles in the literature and writing section of HubPages, but they are definitely outnumbered by my biology and nature articles!

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Linda. Great suggestions and tips. I think we all struggle with confidence at some point. It certainly is a profession that requires thick skin. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      This is an awesome hub, and I agree with your views on writing. I think having a structured plan is very helpful. I also agree that constructive criticism is helpful, and I appreciate hearing things that might help me improve my skills. Awesome hub!

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Awesome hub. Wow! It has taking me twelve years to get to a point where I'm not scared anymore about writing and publishing my thoughts on...I wanted to say paper, but that is not happening anymore. Thank goodness for the spellcheckers and other tools at our...fingertips! For me writing means telling my story with words instead of pictures.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Bill. Thanks for the visit! I did have a nice Thanksgiving, thank you. Here in Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving in October. We have Black Friday and Cyber Monday at the same time as the U.S., though!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the kind comment, Pamela! I appreciate it.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Nadine. I'm very thankful for the digital tools that are available, too! They are a great help for writers. Thanks for the comment.

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      Excellent advice, Alicia. Oh, those rejections. Accepting them with dignity, was the first lesson I had to learn.

      Profound poem, describing all emotions :) So often lack of confidence is not provoked by inexperience, but by physical and emotional ups and downs.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Martie. Yes, accepting rejections with dignity is an essential lesson to learn! Thank you very much for the insightful comment.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Writing With Confidence - Tips and Suggestions is a well guided hub and helpful to all writers.

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      Marko Vucinic 3 years ago from Cuprija, Sebia

      Poem is very good, I like it.

      A can add that writing diary can be very useful.

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      Rae Saylor 3 years ago from Australia

      Hello, Alicia!

      I myself have always had problems with having confidence in my writing, so thanks heaps for writing this hub -- and for sharing those nifty tips! Voted up :)

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the comment, DDE. I always appreciate your visits!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the comment about the poem. Marchello, and thank you for the suggestion, too!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment and the vote, Rae! Lack of confidence seems to be a widespread problem amongst writers, at least at some stage in their writing life.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      You have explored this topic about writing with confidence, Alicia, in the same incisive manner that you write about biology, physiology and other learned subjects. Well done, m'dear, you deserve this Up!

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      prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub and I learn much here about writing attitude. I always give the best though my English isn't good enough. Alicia, you are my inspiration and I love your tips here. Thanks for sharing with us and my vote always for you. Take care!

      Prasetio

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you so much, drbj! I appreciate your kind comment and your support.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Prasetio, I appreciate your visit and your lovely comment very much. Your hubs are always very interesting! I enjoy reading them. Best wishes to you.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Very objective and useful. I like this, as it got directly to the point. Excellent piece of work, as well as showing hope to those that need it. There is always that light at the end of the tunnel.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, Deb. I love the thought of the light at the end of the tunnel!

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      These are very helpful suggestions. I think it's important to write regularly, as you mention, and not close our minds to constructive criticism. Of course, we have to be willing to share our work to get that criticism. I also appreciate the importance of working through high and low periods of creative inspiration. Thank you!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, vespawoolf. Thank you for the comment. I appreciate it!

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Wonderful hub and great tips. It's not possible to please everyone and people are always going to be there to offer criticism, but it's important to learn from it...and then move on and yes, write with confidence!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment, epbooks! You are so right - we need to remember that it is impossible to please everyone with our writing.

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      April Garner 3 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Thank you for some good, specific tips on building confidence in writing - very well-organized article! I'll definitely be referring back to it for pointers.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you, April. I appreciate your visit and comment!

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      Koyna Sen 3 years ago from Calcutta, India

      Oh! What a nice hub. I found it so very informative and it will truly prove useful for budding writers or people who are full of ideas but lack confidence to pen it. What I feel that it is very important to take criticism in positive note. If you are demoralized, your confidence level becomes low and you have rightly pointed that out. Great job!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, Koyna Sen. Yes, it is important to take criticism in a positive note whenever possible. Thanks for the visit!

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      dragonflycolor 3 years ago

      Thank you so much! I love writing but become daunted when my mind goes blank for days. Writing also helps me learn about myself and what I can do to improve on things on a daily basis. Thanks, again!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the insightful comment, dragonflycolor. (I love your HubPages user name!) Writing can be an excellent way for someone to learn about themselves!

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      Rasimo 3 years ago

      Great work! Thank you!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, Rasimo!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the visit, ideasedge. I appreciate your comment.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Loved the poem alicia, and all your ideas are spot on, we all need to get our confidence up for writing otherwise we just tail off and stop, I often read and share, and then it gives me the push to get back out there! voted up and shared, nell

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment, the vote and the share, Nell. I appreciate them all!

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      Abla Hulla 3 years ago from China

      Great hub, Can you recommend some writing sites to share pieces of literary works and get constructive criticism?

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Clinton1998. Thanks for the comment. I don't have experience with any websites that offer constructive criticism of literary works. The only website that I can personally recommend for constructive criticism of other types of writing is HubPages, via their apprenticeship program. The program is currently unavailable, but it may be offered again in the future. The constructive criticism offered by my mentor and the other people in the program was very valuable for me.

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      Ken 3 years ago

      Hi Alicia, thanks for the amazing hub. I used to hate writing because I've always been struggling to find the right words to express my thoughts and feelings and ideas. It didn't help that sister and some of my friends never broke a sweat in producing great writing, and every time I read their work it leaves me both in awe, and with a slight tinge of sadness that I will never write as well as them. Your hub serves as a guide for me to better my writing, and I hope to improve by taking small steps. I'm going to discipline myself with a writing schedule to make sure I never stop writing, and hopefully someday I'll find myself a better writer. Thanks again.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the kind comment, kenoung. I know what you mean by experiencing awe and sadness when you read some people's writing, because I experience the same emotions! Like you, though, I'm never going to stop writing or trying to improve.

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      Jane M. Juza 3 years ago from Green Bay, WI

      Thank you for this very well written hub.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the comment, JaneMJuza. I appreciate your visit!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Positive, upbeat advice for aspiring authors. Thank you so much for this!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment, Rebecca!

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Inspiring as well as educational! Writers at all levels need to read what you have written here. Confidence is the foundation for success. We need to be educated along the way, too. I've voted up and completely across, except funny, and will share and bookmark this marvelous hub. ~ Audrey

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you so much, Audrey! I appreciate your kind comment as well as all the votes and the share!

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      Good tips for writing and everything else! Voted up & shared!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment, the vote and the share, Heidi!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice suggestions and an overall motivating hub for all those who love to write. We all love appreciation and acknowledgement. The more we get these from other writers, the better we become.

      I loved the way you even combined a poem within this hub! Very well done and thanks! Voted up!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the kind and insightful comment, ChitrangadaSharon. I appreciate the vote, too!

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Excellent article Alicia! I like all the tips but my favorite one is that writing success is in the eye of the beholder. My aim at HubPages is to reach out and connect to others with my stories. The money piece is just a bonus for me. Oh, and I also write because it makes me feel good and it's a healing experience for me. Anyway, thanks so much for a very helpful hub.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love your reasons for writing, Minnetonka Twin! Your hubs certainly do make connections with others. Thank you very much for the comment.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      This is really useful, encouraging, and interesting start to finish. Pinning to my Writing: Assorted Writes, Rights, and Wrongs board.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment and the pin, RTalloni! I appreciate them both.

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Alicia... Thanks for the article and I agree with you 100%. We have all been given a voice and we should use it... well written

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks, Rolly. Blessings to you, too. I hope you have a great Christmas.

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Very good advice, Alicia. As a former journalist, I learned all about criticism, though much of it wasn't constructive!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you, Crystal. Constructive criticism can be very useful for a writer. Destructive criticism can be hard to take, though!

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Your poetry expresses the thoughts and fears of all who would be writers. Beautiful. And the ideas to combat writer's block and negative criticism are truly helpful. Thank you.

      "I'm hoping, hoping, hoping

      that someone may be touched,

      appreciate a point

      or like a single thought".

      Yes!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you so much, Peg! I appreciate your comment a great deal.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      This is great advice for beginners as well as the more experienced writers. I really like the advice about not worrying much about your first draft, which is going to be changed anyway. I'm pinning this on my Online Writing Board.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment and the pin, ologsinquito! I appreciate them both.

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      Great tips. I think for new/inexperienced writers, one of the hardest things is being comfortable enough to share their writing with others to get feedback. Finding a supportive writing group can be so helpful.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you, Deborah. Yes, it can be hard for hard for new writers to share their writing! A friendly and supportive writing group can definitely be helpful, as you say.

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      Veronica Almeida 3 years ago from TORONTO

      I enjoyed reading this hub, especially because I am one those people/writers who easily lose confidence and motivation in particular situations. I guess I have what psychologists call a low self-efficacy for writing... as I often over think and criticize my own work right at the early stage and most often than not end up leaving things unfinished.

      The tips you have shared in here are quite helpful, I have written some pieces from start to finish exactly because of the constructive criticism and honest praise you mention, that can often come from sharing work. I find hubpages to be quite good at this; and the little tips on the side notes when in the hub-writing process also help build confidence (and quality of the piece).

      I would probably also add another little thing that sometimes helps me. Going back to old articles/written pieces. Edit them if necessary too. For one, if no editing is needed one's confidence is boosted in recognizing their own talent, for other, if editing is necessary it demonstrates how much one has grown as a writer. I did this just recently and while improving the quality of a couple of my articles, I also realized how much better I have become. A great confidence booster.

      Great hub. :)

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your comment contains some great ideas and tips, varonny! Thank you for sharing them.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      I really love encouragement that you provide through this article to all struggling writers, newbies just getting started, and those of us that have been writing for a while but need to be reminded why we fell in love with writing in the first place.

      Great job on this article!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, VVanNess. I appreciate your visit and comment!

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      Thief12 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      This are some really good and useful tips! I'm currently having a bit of a writer's block, so I will take them in consideration. Voted Up, Useful, and Interesting.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you, Thief12! I hope the tips are useful for you. I appreciate all your votes.

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      Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

      This is very good information, AliciaC. I'm still pretty new to sharing my writing. But I'm getting there. lol. I'm glad to follow you.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you, Rachael. I'm looking forward to reading your hubs!

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I'm back for another needed visit. After reading your marvelous hub the first time, I knew I would return for another read. I just love it!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the second visit, Audrey! I appreciate it very much.

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      Christopher Peruzzi 3 years ago from Freehold, NJ

      Wow! Such great writing advice to writers at all phases of their career. I think you're right - the sharing is the biggest obstacle. Each of your works is your baby and we cringe any time we think it's not perfect. I think I'll be coming back to this post more often in the future.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks so much for the comment, cperuzzi. I know what you mean about a piece of writing being our baby! It can be hard to share it and deal with the fact that it has problems.

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      Sima Ballinger 3 years ago from Michigan

      I truly appreciate your work. Thanks for the tips, this is very helpful and thoughtful. Voted Up!!!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment and the vote, Treasuresofheaven!

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      Joyette Fabien 2 years ago from Dominica

      Great hub! I particularly like the poem at the end - nice touch apart from the beauty of the poem itself. Let me endorse the point you made that writers can grow from continuous reading up on the subject. In fact, this is exactly what I am doing now :)

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Joyette. Thank you very much for the visit and the comment! It's nice to meet you.

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      Joyette Fabien 2 years ago from Dominica

      Welcome AliciaC!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you, Joyette!

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      Fenn Rirr 14 months ago

      An amazing Hub, more so for a greenhorn writer like myself. I'm very glad I came across this Hub. Really appreciate your help!

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      Linda Crampton 14 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, Fenn Rirr. I appreciate your comment a great deal.

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