Your article immediately touches my heart, and I think the heart of any writer or artist who values writing that is worth reading.

Doubt is the great enemy of many a writer. I think about this often, and ask myself where it comes from. I believe that any writer who is conscientious about what they send out into the world will open themselves to doubts about their work, although they are always prepared to put an enormous effort into what they do. Which seems contradictory, hard work, research,rewriting and editing, then doubt.

I can only come to the conclusion that when I doubt my work, and maybe it’s true of others too, that it’s because of the constant drive to write better, more precisely express ideas and to get the thought across in the most efficient way. Then basic intelligence steps in and says that it’s not up to scratch, it doesn’t meet the high standard which I have set for myself.

I think of all the work of a writer as being an expression of the mind, that’s where the human touch comes from, so Apps that generate names for characters, and apps that generate plots has nothing to do with writing. It must be a feat of the human mind in order to make a real connection with another human mind. That means that a writer must sit alone, and work alone with no support from outside to confirm that what he or she is doing has any value.

We must develop a confidence that is like armour, and an astuteness that acts as a good editor.

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