Antidote of Doubting

I’m a writer. It’s my core identity. I’ve inscribed it deep within my heart. But here comes Doubt. He is tough and hard – and a pro cheater!

Do you feel like a lost soul because of this culprit?

I do.

Or didn’t I?

Feeling lost – I’ve been there. And will surely be there if I wouldn’t find a solution to crush Doubt. I’m so down.


And then suddenly, I’m thrilled when I get to know that Positive Writer is hosting a free contest: WRITERS CRUSHING DOUBT.

I’m thrilled not primarily for the prize – but for knowing I am not alone! Because of CRUSHING DOUBT, I remember to look back to one of my previous posts. It’s a “doubt piece,” which also serves as my antidote against the curse of doubting.

Please read on…


Writing is what I think everyday — from the moment I wake up in the morning until before I fall asleep at night, or maybe even while I’m dreaming. It is a part of my life that can’t be taken away from my daily routine. Without it I’ll feel lifeless because for me it plays a big role in my life. Writing is like an oxygen. It breathes life in me.

This experience applies to almost everyone, if not all. An artist is one best example who suffers in such kind of situation all the time. A person who loves doing something can’t help but to think about that “something.” It keeps bothering the mind. But, how about taking it into action?

Thinking and dreaming are easy and wonderful, but the love for creating needs doing. The ability to craft “something” deserves a place more than just living inside the head. Make it…

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Yes, I am a Writer!

To become a writer is almost like an illusion. It is somewhat an impossible dream. There comes a time when you think you’re already there, and suddenly you will realize there are still so many steps ahead of you to get there. It’s not easy. Yes, it’s a painful journey.

You write. You re-write. You edit. You revise. You polish. Then you repeat the process over and over again until you get published. That’s how the writer lives with his/her craft. It’s a curse, but it’s also a wonderful gift.

So how to become a writer? What defines a real writer? The answer is simple: Write and then consider yourself as a writer.

Being a writer is not measured by how many published pieces you have, or how much money and popularity you gain from it. Just write from the heart and enjoy writing, and the rest will follow gradually.

Yes, I am a writer.

First Step

I began writing different stories since I was nine years old. At first, those were in comic strips forms (which, I shared with my classmates). As time went by, I also tried novel length stories — written in my mother tongue.

Before, never had I considered writing stories in English, but now I tried.

My first attempt in writing fiction using my second language is entitled, “Julianne,” posted on the pages of Creative Writing Now.

The Beginning

As a child, listening to stories had become my all time favorite hobby. I could still remember how popular the radio dramas were on those days. Listening to the voice actors/actresses and the kinds of sounds they produced were all amazing experience.

I couldn’t read yet, I was too young then. But it hadn’t become a hindrance for me to enjoy children’s comics and other stories from my elder siblings’ school books. Someone would read it for me, and I would listen. It went that way. I would ask someone to read it for me, until I had memorized the whole story and could pretend I was reading them myself.

Listening has become my foundation for writing stories. But I’m afraid I am not a good story teller. My mother is. Her life adventures are all fascinating, which I’ve heard before the stories from radio dramas or the comics or the books. I wish I could adapt her way of telling rich stories.

I’ll try my best.