A writer asked:
"Whenever I need writing advice or I start to doubt myself I always find that I come to you. I read your blog and it makes me feel better about whatever problem I'm having. I'm a writer and I'm almost ready for my second book to be edited. I've had two people beta read for me so far who've said they though the sequel was good. When I wrote my first book, as it got closer to being edited and self published, I became very doubtful of my story. I started to think it was awful and really dumb. So far I have received really nice reviews and feedback from it. But now, with the second one almost ready I have that doubtful feeling again. I'm not sure if it's just me being nervous or what. Have you ever had this feeling? Do you have any advice to get past it? Thank you so much!"
"I feel like this all the time. Every time I finish writing a draft, I think, “This story is dumb. It’s so dumb! Why did I write it? I’m stupid! Stupid!” But the more I write, the more I have noticed that this feeling of doubt is going away. So the only way to get past it is to acknowledge it’s there, and keep writing anyway, knowing that it will go away in the future. It will. I know it will. It might take a while, but it will."