Those who call themselves writers will probably tell you two things. The first? Writing is hard. It’s difficult to start and probably even more difficult to end. The second? Your inner critic will be your own worst enemy and try to stop you from writing more times than you can keep track of. Learning to silence that voice is a skill many writers need to have to finish their book. Here are five tips to help you become a more confident writer.

  1. Stop comparing yourself to others.

It’s time to stop comparing yourself to veteran writers who have years of experience under their belt. Only with time will you be able to see the remarkable difference that experience and practice makes in writing.

  1. Recognize that you have a different perspective.

The way you perceive the world is completely different from others and nobody can write and convey your thoughts in the same way that you do. There is no “perfect” style of writing. It’s all about finding your own unique voice.

  1. Write daily.

Writing can be hard but with practice, you’ll be able to develop your skill and gain confidence in your technique and style.  Try setting daily writing goals for yourself and in no time, you will you see a difference in not only how well you write, but how fast you write as well.

  1. Write to finish.

You’re never going to finish your book if you’re constantly thinking of the critique you’re going to get. Every writer receives criticism on their work – it means people actually read and care about what you wrote. Just remember that what you have right now is already good! Keep going until you finish and remember that you can always return back to it and edit later.

  1. Believe.

It sounds pretty cliché but if you don’t believe you can succeed, you never will. Trust that there are going to be a lot of people who will appreciate your words, skill, and expertise. Don’t give up now!