Stephen King on outrunning self-doubt

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“Writing fiction,  especially a long work of fiction, can be a difficult, lonely job; it’s like crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a bathtub. There’s plenty of opportunity for self-doubt. If I write rapidly, putting down my story exactly as it comes into my mind, only looking back to check the names of my characters and the relevant parts of their back stories, I find that I can keep up with my original enthusiasm  and at the same time outrun the self-doubt that’s always waiting to settle in.”


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