Confidence Boosts and Jane Austen

186px-CassandraAusten-JaneAusten(c.1810)_hiresAs a writer, I constantly go back and forth between doubt and confidence. With every story comes the nagging worry that it’s not good or I’m not good enough. It can be exhausting.

Sharing my work became easier after taking creative writing classes in college. However, I still feel trepidation when I hand something over to be read, whether to friends, critique partners, contests or publication.

Recently, I shared Miltonia Butterflies with family members. My 16 year old cousin read it. Over the weekend, she told me she really liked it but thought the language was more like something from the 1700s. I laughed and said that’s the first time I’ve heard that about my writing.

She then started talking about Jane Austen and how much she likes her books. She said she read Pride and Prejudice in a day and a half.

Was she comparing my writing to Jane Austen? I’m not really sure but it makes me feel good to think so. It was exactly what I needed.

So, thank you, Shelby. You made my efforts worthwhile.

Have any of you received a confidence boost from an unexpected source?