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Writing & Self-Doubt: As Told By Virginia Woolf


Writing can be an excruciating task. It invites us to feel incredibly vulnerable. It opens us up to rejection and criticism, and in turn can incite quite a bit of self-doubt.

Almost all writers experience self-doubt at one point in their writing career. This article from Brain Pickings showcases Virginia Woolf’s own struggles with it in her own writing, and how she turned this commonplace experience among writers into the 1928 novel Orlando: A Biography.

It’s definitely an interesting read, and shows that even the most talented writers dealt with feelings of inadequacy. Be sure to check it out!