What is the one thing that I would change about myself as an author?


This will be very short:




Confidence to cut where I need to cut.

Confidence to submit.

Confidence to resubmit.

Confidence to finish a couple of stories I have started already!

Confidence that the ideas for others will wait until the one on which I am working is finished.


I know this.

I have these.

I know there are worse things out there being published.

I know that I have stories that would be enjoyed.


I have told true stories and happily have had them published.

I have had poems published.

I have an award for writing hanging on my wall.


I get and lose confidence quicker than money.

I have a little in my ‘account’ right now, so

I’m stopping to add to a story.

Wish me luck.

About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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10 Responses to Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Go for it!

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  2. Jeff Salter says:

    Absolutely… confidence is a huge factor in the minds of most authors.
    Just as you see, occasionally, in interviews with famous actors and actresses — many talk about their feelings of inadequacy or timidity. I think many types of creative people — whether actors, painters, musicians, authors, performers, etc — have to deal with “stage fright” of one type or another.
    And a lot of our individual confidence — no doubt — springs from how we were treated and how our creativity was valued during our formative years. In my case, parents and teachers were (mostly) very supportive and encouraging. I shudder to imagine how I would have turned out if any of those key people in my life had been negative about my creative efforts.

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    • You really have been lucky in that. I never had much confidence and I had defeatists and jealous people around me in my formative years. A few people pushed me along, encouraging me to make the most of my abilities later in life, my husband being one of them. He is a little concerned that he may be reflected badly by some of my writing, (only the good parts are based on him!)
      I have to go back and read some of a past guest’s work, the one who makes me feel confident; it wirks.
      I have appreciated all of your continual support and those of many of the past and present Foxes.

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      • Jeff Salter says:

        If — in writing — your confidence factor is lower than you’d wish, how about writing stories about an area in which your confidence factor is roughly 101% — cooking / baking / food stuff. Shift gears for a few months and write stories set in a deli or a caterer shop.
        That ought to boost your writing confidence!


        • No, that’s not really it, Jeff. It’s the stories that need to get put down. They are there.
          LOOKING for what to write about is not going to ever work for me.
          I have confidence that the stories started are at least comparable to so many that I have read,(and better). I’m afraid it’s something more deeply ingrained in me from family.I have to fight it all the time.


  3. trishafaye says:

    Great post! Yes, something we all need and many of us don’t have enough of. (At least at all times.) I laughed when I read:
    “I get and lose confidence quicker than money.”
    Ah, but if would have laughed even harder if it weren’t so true. Great way to put it as we watch the ebb and flow of confidence in lives.

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    • It’s awful, but certainly part of many people’s lives. I hope that the folks who have had their family boosting their confidence from childhood appreciate the gift which they have recieved.
      Now, Trisha, THANK YOU for your comment. If your confidence ebbs and flows,there is hope for me! Bless you.

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  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    My son is a great writer, but he won’t submit anything because of a lack of confidence. I try to get him to and so does his wife, but we have no luck.


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