NaNoWriMo 2017 Self Doubt – Word of the Day Challenge 6

Writing self doubt

It’s day 6 in the NaNoWriMo house… did anyone else read that in the Big Brother voice? Haha – gosh I hate that show.

I didn’t have a specific topic planned to talk about, I’m trying to spend more time on my WIP today so I can catch up so this post will be rather short and sweet. I’m going to talk about self doubt, then write ALL THE WORDS.



A Writer’s Self Doubt

I can say with some certainty, that all of us have felt this. If you haven’t then I am truly happy for you (if not a lot jealous). One of the deciding factors in deciding to drop my current novel and start a new one was reading an excerpt of a friend’s novel. I wasn’t feeling my WIP so I wasn’t doing it justice, so reading her awesome writing made me realise how rubbish mine was.

Now I know what you’re going to say, “I bet it’s not as bad as you think, keep going!” I know this, because I have often said these words to others who have been in my position, and I’ve always meant it. We’re our own worst critics, and despite the fact that I’m aware what I was writing was drivel, I know I have it in me to write well.

So I won’t be giving up.

And you shouldn’t either.

It’s about the time where self doubt is probably kicking in for a lot of people, I urge you to work through it as best you can. You can do this, you wouldn’t be doing it if you couldn’t.



Word of the Day : November 6, 2017


adjective ess-em-PLASS-tik

: shaping or having the power to shape disparate things into a unified whole


“Art achieves its impact from something Samuel Taylor Coleridge called its esemplastic power, the ability to make sense out of chaos, to ‘shape into one’ the many truths around us.” — Teresa Jordan, The Year of Living Virtuously: Weekends Off, 2014

“The prison walls of self had closed entirely round him; he was walled completely by the esemplastic power of his imagination….” — Thomas Wolfe, Look Homeward, Angel, 1929

Did You Know?

“Unusual and new-coined words are, doubtless, an evil; but vagueness, confusion, and imperfect conveyance of our thoughts, are a far greater,” wrote English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in Biographia Literaria, 1817. True to form, in that same work, he assembled esemplastic by melding the Greek phrase es hen, meaning “into one,” with plastic to fulfill his need for a word that accurately described the imagination’s ability to shape disparate experiences into a unified whole (e.g., the poet’s imaginative ability to communicate a variety of images, sensations, emotions, and experiences in the unifying framework of a poem). The verb intensify was another word that Coleridge was compelled to mint while writing Biographia.





I hope you found the word of the day interesting and maybe manage to use it in your novel. If you’re ever struggling with motivation, I’d be happy to give you a pep talk! Let me know how it’s going in the comments below 🙂

6 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2017 Self Doubt – Word of the Day Challenge 6

  1. Nice post. And keep up the work on your WIP. Power through that self doubt and keep going. Sometimes the things you write during the times of doubt become the things the readers love the most!

  2. I totally get the self-doubt. That is me whenever I write something, it’s me right now. It’s me whenever I abandon a project for a new one (and then never go back to the first). Honestly, I think it’s always going to be there and we just need to push past it as well as we can.

  3. Great post! I hate self-doubt. I’m not really struggling much with it yet but I’m sure it’ll come in the next weeks. Whenever I start to doubt, I try to think of one thing I love about my WIP, which can be a piece of dialogue, a line or just some concept and that always helps a little!

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