But What If I Actually Suck?

The Rejection Survival Guide

I believe you have had the misfortune to meet my self-doubt demons. I wanted to dedicate today’s post to one of them; a tiresome little guy I like to call the What-If-I-Actually-Suck Demon.

He’s not one of my regulars, probably because I have a strong resistance to his wiles; I have been lucky enough to build up enough external validation from “high-stakes” critics (agents and editors, for example) that I have a solid pile of evidence against his case.

I’ll tell you when he does tend to show up, though. He shows up when I am unimpressed by somebody else’s work. Especially when that somebody approached me specifically and asked my opinion of said work, and I find it sloppy, or not well executed, or just plain bad.

You see, self-doubt demons are highly skilled at creating paradoxical vortexes of shame. On one side of the vortex is the fear…

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  • Edward-David Ruiz  On July 28, 2017 at 1:07 am

    As you become more famous and well-known, demons will sprout all over the place…I mean ugly, jealous, insecure demons. Just ignore them PD, and go on writing.Your followers and admirers should be legions by now. Doc E

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    • pdlyons  On July 29, 2017 at 7:24 pm

      as ever you are a most kind scholar and gentleman. thank you very much.


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