Fake It Till You Make It

Written by: Shewonda Leger

Primary Source: Writing Rhetoric and American Cultures

Does your confidence change when your writing receives a rejection? That shouldn’t be the case. Instead bounce back by following The Renegade Writers advise: 5 ways to fake confidence in your next article pitch. It’s better to fake confidence, rather then to appear as if you have no confidence. It is important to eliminate wishy-washy wording, such as “I could interview mothers of twins who developed this common condition.” Versus “I will interview mothers of twins who developed this common condition; I’ve already lined up some moms who are willing to talk.” If you have no confidence in yourself and your work, why should others? Focus on the positive, and ditch the negative. You want to tell an editor what you can do, not what you can’t. So never expose what you can’t do by making excuses for what you haven’t done. It’s okay to fake it till you make it. 

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Shewonda Leger is a writer who has love for creativity, whether its fiction or non-fiction. She is a graduate student at Michigan State University, pursuing her master’s degree in Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing. When she is not at home in her pajamas working on her novel, she is writing for WRAC or consulting at The Writing Center @ MSU. Follow her on Twitter @Mz_Poesy.

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