In the previous blogs, I have discussed innocence and fear. They can inhibit your writing. The last potential inhibitor in this series is trust. This one is two-fold. I have heard some people say they would like to write, but they don’t know if it will be good. Then, there are those who write but won’t trust anyone with it thinking they might steal it? Please don’t get me wrong, you should strive for excellence in your work and know who handles your unpublished work. The problem is when trust issues halt your progress. Don’t worry. There are ways to get around a lack of trust in yourself and others. I will share a few points with you below.
Believe me, there were times when I first started writing that I would say “I wish I could write as well as Dean Koonz or Robin Cook.” What I wasn’t realizing then was I will, if I keep writing. Beyond my idols, I will develop my own voice and style. That’s one of the things I like about writing. There is some much room to create your own style and presence. How many people have you heard say they have a story to write, but they never write it? Trusting yourself to put the words down, no matter how they may sound at first, is a big step. It takes courage. As you continue to do this, you will learn and develop your writing skills.
Take a closer look
It pays to take a closer look at who you entrust your work with. You only hinder yourself when you refuse constructive feedback. Yet, you are wise to have an intimate group of competent and trustworthy reviewers.
Beyond this trusted circle, protect your work and move forward with contracts. When agreements are clear, transparent, and written you see exactly how your work will be handled. Do your homework and research whomever it is you plan to work with. What is their reputation? Do they give you a reason to doubt? If after doing your homework you still have a gut feeling that is holding you back, seek other options. The goal is to find what feels good to you, and continue production.
If you are one of those people who think everybody is out to steal their work, there is help for you. The World Wide Web offers several options when it comes to protecting your ideas and work. These ways include keeping a paper trail of anywhere you submit your work, copyright, patents, and keeping original copies of your work. You also want to make sure that your idea is your original work by searching to see what’s already out in print.
It’s good to find out where your distrust lies, business or people in general. This could very well be inhibiting not only your writing but your life as well.