Confidence is a very fragile thing.  But once you show yourself you can do something you thought couldn’t be done, even if it’s the first time you’re doing it, your confidence grows.  Take Scotty Smalls, from the movie The Sandlot.  He could not catch, or even knew how to throw a baseball.  But when Benny Rodriguez’s flyball landed in the waiting glove of Scotty, he realized that he could play baseball with the best boys in the nieghborhood.  I’m a bit like Scotty Smalls that way.  Even when I was a boy, if I did somthing once, I had the confidence of knowing I did it and could continue to do it.  I was like that when I first starting writing.  After writing my first short story, and it was bad, but I knew I could do it.  I had such a good feeling of accomplishment, a sense of pride in acheiving something.   A feeling I haven’t had in a long time.  Since than my confidencs has grown, and my stories, along with just writing in general has gotten better.  I still get that feeling when I finish a story, or a rush of excitement when I come up with a new idea.  When you do something you love, isn’t that the way you should feel.

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