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The Doubting Writer’s Manifesto

Bad thought-habits are hard to break.

I know I’m not the only one who struggles with them. For all of us who must deal with poisonous doubts spewing from our abused subconscious, I present the Doubting Writer’s Manifesto.

For all of us who must deal with poisonous doubts spewing from our abused subconscious, I present the Doubting Writer’s Manifesto.


I will put pen to paper today, even if I only write one sentence.

I will not judge that sentence. I will let it sit and breathe – after all, it had to run the gauntlet of my thoughts.

I will not assume I am a bad writer. I will assume my writing can improve.

I will remember the good things people have said about my writing – not empty compliments, but how it made them feel, and how it gave them the experience I wanted them to have.

I will face the bad things people have said about my writing. If the criticism can be addressed by study or experience, then I will accept it, study how to write, and write more until I get better. If the criticism cannot be addressed by study or experience, then I will push it aside, because it’s not constructive at all.

I will not wait until tomorrow to write. I will NOT CARE if what I write today sucks. The more I write, the less it will suck – that’s how this works.

Bad thought-habits are hard to break. I know I’m not the only one who struggles with them. I will not give up.

I will fight.

By Ruthanne Reid

Ruthanne Reid is one of those pesky fanfiction authors who made good, and thus eschews most labels. Except for being a Generation X-er (or maybe Xennial, according to some guy’s webpage), a musician who loves music but also carries a ton of baggage about it, a self-taught graphic artist who designs her own covers, a spoonie who wrestles Fibromyalgia not unlike yon Hercules and the Nemean lion, a Christian who hesitates to use the word because too many of them are crazy but Jesus is pretty great, a rabid shipper who’s too smart to lay out precisely which ships because of the wars, and an avid reader when she isn’t busy caretaking for some pretty ill folks.

You know. Unlabelable.

Currently a resident of Long Island City and a loving mommy to one current cat and numerous future ones, Ruthanne is happily married to a fellow geek who loves good stories and great games as much as she does. Between the two of them, they own a lot of things that need to be plugged in.

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