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Avoid This Publication Pitfall | #IWSG

August 1 question for The Insecure Writer’s Support Group – What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?



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This is a hard question for me to answer as I am still in the midst of my publication journey. I can speak towards the pitfalls of where I am at now, and what I’m currently trying to overcome.


A lack of confidence.


I am determined to self-publish the short story I am working on, and then continue to do the same for a series I have brewing. One moment my creativity is overflowing, and the words are pouring out of my finger tips, and the next I question what the hell I’m doing.


It’s normal, I’m not alone in feeling this way.


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Photo by Ken Treloar on Unsplash



Whenever I doubt myself my productivity drops, and I have no idea what to write. It’s a constant battle to believe in yourself, but it gets easier the more you work at it. Positive affirmations may sound cheesy as hell, but they really work.


Change your lock screen to a motivational quote you love!


If your dream / goal / passion, is to publish your writing – then dammit you will do it. Don’t talk yourself out of it with your self-deprecating inner voice, let your new lock screen tell you what your capable of.


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It knows what’s up.


Go on Fiverr and order a $5 book cover, even if you don’t end up using it as your cover in the end, it will make your book a reality. I did this, and I may play around with it in photoshop some more, but I love it! I have it as my desktop background, so every time I open up my Mac I feel inspired, and excited to write.

So my advice to you, is to believe in yourself. Avoid the pitfalls of doubt, because as I always say – You Got This!


  1. Madeline Mora-Summonte

    You’re right about those positive affirmations – they sound cheesy, but they really do work! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Susan Gourley

    Great advice for everyone. We all need to believe in ourselves.

  3. raimeygallant

    My critique partner is having a low self esteem writing day, so I’m going to send her your post. Happy IWSG day!

    1. Crystal

      I truly hope it inspires her to shake the negativity ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Nick Wilford

    I do think positive thinking goes a long way. Thanks for this uplifting post!

  5. heatherericksonauthor

    I’m so glad you brought up the self-depreciating inner voice. I really struggle with this the month prior to publication. “Why even bother? No one is going to read this anyway.” I don’t know why but every time I get to that stage I want to turn back and hide. It’s pushing through that’s so essential.

  6. Michelle Wallace (@mishy1727)

    I believe in the power of positive thinking! Self-affirmation is important in the growth process as it enhances performance and helps to make us receptive to our mistakes.
    Great post! ๐Ÿ™‚

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