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Amy,

What I have found about doubt as it applies to writing is that doubt is everywhere save for the time I am putting words on paper. When I am writing sentences, in some way unknown to me, doubt is banished to a place outside my head. This doesn't mean that I don't make corrections and edits as I go because I am always fiddling with the words. But the process of writing for me is more powerful than any nagging doubt. Maybe thirty minutes after I quit writing, I may lapse into doubt about what I wrote, but usually that creeping doubt is not powerful enough to overwhelm the high that writing produces. So, I guess for me the only antidote to doubt is the creative process itself. Thanks for all the thoughtful analysis you are bringing to this topic. SW

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I agree with you, Amy. Doubt springs up unannounced and can't be budgeted. But a critical interrogation - giving doubt the third degree - can effectively drain it of its power.

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I object. Just tell me it'll work and I'll believe it. The brain is an interesting place but it's easily tricked - why else do we believe "I won't break your heart"?

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