Self-confidence is a decision

Photo by Jeffrey Czum on When you set your sights on traditional publication, at every stage of the process your success relies on convincing others of your worth: agents, publishers, reviewers, readers. You are constantly seeking external validation. And most of the time, when hundreds apply for every opportunity, that validation is not forthcoming.…… Continue reading Self-confidence is a decision

How to find your authentic voice

Yesterday I went shopping with my mum. This was a rare mother-daughter day that we had both been looking forward to. I was on the hunt for a special outfit. I wanted something special, but not too special. And predictably nothing was quite right. Every dress was too formal, too informal, too young, too old,…… Continue reading How to find your authentic voice

What is confident writing?

The concept of confidence, in writing and in the wider world, has occupied my thoughts lately. At work, the idea of a confidence gap between genders has resurfaced, along with a lot of hand-wringing about how to bridge the gap and encourage more women into leadership roles. Mentorship programs have been set up in my…… Continue reading What is confident writing?