Do you ever stop writing halfway through because you no longer believe in your idea?
Do you ever stop because you don’t think you’re good enough to bring your ideas to fruition?
Me, too. We’ve all been there. But you don’t need to succumb to your self-doubt. How do I — a guy still working on his first novel — know this?
Because I’ve seen the proof. We all have.
There are countless examples of books, movies and TV shows that their creators must have doubted — but they carried on anyway and got them finished.
I recently stumbled across a book on Amazon where the story was that a legendary immortal vampire-warrior in the modern world found there was no use for his skills as a swordsman, so he travelled to an alien planet (where they used old fashioned technology) only to find himself saving that planet from a whole different set of aliens.
Now look, I’m not saying that book is bad. I’ve never read it. It could be brilliant.
But the point is, somewhere down the line, the writer must have had doubts about his space-travelling-ancient-vampire-warrior-battling-aliens tale. Or somebody would have heard the description and said it made no sense. Or would never sell. Or never be published at all.
Those people were wrong. It got finished. It got published.
A series of novels exist featuring time travelling Vikings who are also Navy SEALs. It shouldn’t work, but by all accounts, they’re very popular.
Who’s to say the idea you have doubts over won’t work?
There are more examples. How about a recent star-studded movie sold as a thriller which provided the big twist that the whole thing was being played out as a Sims-like video game.
Or the much older horror movie featuring the terrors of a bed that eats people.
Yeah. A demonically possessed bed that eats people.
Not only that, but the bed can’t move, so the plot has to contrive several situations for characters to end up on or near the bed.
In all these cases, the writers either had doubts but pushed on and got the work done anyway, or somehow convinced themselves that these ideas were genius.
Either way, the stories got finished. The novels got published, the movies got made.
So if you’re struggling to tell your story channel the spirit of whoever wrote the script about the man-eating bed. That story got told. Yours should too.
Forget your doubts and get it done.