The Self-Doubting Writers Support Group 1,058 members · 1,641 stories

Doubting your skills as a writer?
Feeling inferior to the more "popular" writers on the site?
Want to help others (and yourself) become better writers?
Then this is the group for you!

I created this group as a sort of "sanctuary" where writers who doubt their talents and/or skills can come to support one another in their mental anguish with feeling inferior to the more "popular" writers on this site, and to know that they're not alone in their struggle!

I'm one of those people who constantly doubt themselves; not just in writing, but in daily life. I'm not a psychologist with a fancy degree, but I can empathize and even sympathize with those who share the same plight as I do.

Just a few simple rules to abide by:

1. No hate/rage comments about other users—this is a support group, after all!
2. Posting of stories is encouraged, but only those that need improvement and constructive criticism.
3. Support each other! If someone is in a bind, offer them some encouragement, even if it's in the form of a simple compliment. I believe a little goes a long way!

Feel free to post [relevant] topics in the forum!

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I just want to bring a great group to everyone's attention!

If you need editing advice or an actual editor for your story, give us a look! We're dedicated to working long-term with writers on their stories—whether it be for grammar/punctuation or plot/story flow, we can help!

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New to the site . How do I post to your grope?

I have a story, and I'm currently trying to see if it's possible to tell an interesting story with a cliche idea. How'd I do?

Hey guys, I recently joined in on writing fan fiction and would like to ask if you'd like to read/review the OC-centric story that I wrote.

Any sort of constructive criticism is very much welcomed as it is literally the first fic that I've written and I'm not really that sure if I managed to gain a 'hook' on the first chapter to make it interesting enough for others to follow or want more as the story unfolds.

Thanks in advance and I hope to hear feedback in any form!

I have a story to share if anypony is willing to give me the time of day. So far I've felt inferior to the other writers. My story focuses around OCs so I guess they're not considered good enough without a mane character.
My story is called: "Tales from the Equestrian Others- The Fallen Angel of Ponyville"
I'm planning on turning it into a series but hoping seems interested in the first installment.
If you could lend a helping hoof, I would be on grateful and happy mare.

Greetings I got a story called Ponylance. I just need an editor to look through it to help me fix it up.

Comment posted by Bibliomane deleted Nov 2nd, 2017

Hello, I joined fimfic recently and submitted a story for judgement, that I've basically been holding on to for almost 3 years. I don't know wether it will pass inspection, if anyone will like it or not, or even if it's any good. It's nearly 26K words of potential pablum, if it does pass, constructively let me know what you think. The story is called,
Innocence Lost And Found.

It passed, questions, comments?

hello! I was wondering if anyone wanted to read and critique my first story here. move over can anyone look over the chapter 1 fight scene? I wanted to know how it held up.


Thank you in advance! :twilightsmile:

I'd like to volunteer to read and critique. Anyone in need of such services?

Hahaha, if you say so. :pinkiecrazy:

You? Doubting your skills?

To me, you're probably going to be better at this than I ever will!

I have always wanted to write. I've read hundreds of books, both hardcopy and online, and I'm pretty sure I could put mind to words if I wanted to.

But then I look at people like AestethicB, shortskirtsandexplosions, and real life author Matthew Riley and I think to myself: Can I really do that? Can I write in such a way that it captures the attention of everybody who lays eyes upon my words?

So I have thus joined this group, to see if I can encourage myself (And others!) to write! :pinkiehappy:

I didn't think it would come to this, but here I am!

I'm not alone...I'm not the only one who going through this. Who feels like no-one wants to read his work, that I'm not good enough for this. Who can't bring themselves to try and stand taller. I'm not alone in these feelings. You're not alone either.

I.... doubt my skills and myself a lot. Not just on writing, believe me.:fluttershysad: But....maybe I'm making the right choice for joining here.:pinkiehappy: No. I know I made the right choice to join here.:rainbowdetermined2: I think.:rainbowhuh::twilightblush: Grrrrrr.... Darn it.:facehoof:

Wow, this is the group for me! Pressing the submit button was one of the hardest things I've done in ages.. :twilightblush:

Doubting yourself in life as well as in writing is one thing, but writing a long story with completely different language is a whole another one, especially when you pour your heart on it and want people to like it. I just released my first story, and to be honest, I was kind of surprised to see it getting approved - without editors. My native language is Finnish, but I won't let it stop me. If somebody wants to help me with my stories, I'd be ever so grateful. :yay:

Wow... I fit in perfectly here, cause I doubt my skills like nobody else, :applejackconfused:

I'm surprised to find myself an admin.

Comment posted by CSCRB deleted Dec 24th, 2015

First I would like to say I am posting this, only because a few suggested to me that I do so. So, I am.


What can I say, I am one of many that joined this site to read stories about ponies.
Well, I could have done that without joining. I mostly joined to post comments to others on stories they made that I liked, and give my general opinions of said stories. During my time here, I did a lot of that.
In time, like others, I came up with some of my own ideas for a few stories. To say the least, they have not been well taken.
Not that I have had any expectations on how my stories would be perceived by the masses, the overall lack of comments I did not expect. Even by those that did not like my stories.
I could say within a twisted way of thinking, that my stories have proven to make the readers of my stories speechless, as being an achievement of sorts. Though this doesn't help with the knowing by me as to why so many do not like or those very few who did like it what I created.
For any who ask, yes, I did like my own stories, in that they are some of the type of stories I like to read.
I think that will do it for Introductions. I don’t wish to get more carried away with it then I already did. :derpytongue2:

About the stories if any are interested.

The first was created over a discussion I had with another author. It had to do with the lack of details as to how a pony got the name that they did. It is of course a bit of an oddity that the name of many ponies fit who they turn out to be so well. Question being, how and why. So, my story Baby Naming was made as an idea on how one might have gotten their name.
To date, it has 153 views, 5 likes and 11 dislikes. And two helpful comments by another on some spelling issues I fixed. Some comments was by one who liked the story. All of that was a while ago. That story is mostly dead now.

Onto my other two.

These two are part of a trilogy I have been working on. First thing to know about them is that they are both a sad fic with some gore. There were many facets behind the creating of them both. I think I will start with the first. A Kezzerdrix in Equestria. Can’t say what was the first thing that was an inspiration to me in making this story. Be it the Kezzerdrix killer rabbit from the card game Magic The Gathering, or the development of a few OC’s I was thinking of making.

The story plays out as a simple day in the park with some ponies at play. One get’s separated while off looking for an errant ball that got away from her. A little exploration ensues till she finds herself in the the presents of one not so friendly large rabbit. Something she or any within Equestria has never seen before. This is a spoiler. It does not go well for her. Hence, the sad, dark, and gore tags.

The story has an alternate ending. A possible source for why some did not like the story.
If it was do to the reader not liking the gore in it, well one should not read stories marked gore, if they have a problem with that.

To date, it has only 45 views, 6 likes and 39 dislikes, and a lack of helpful comments. Some of the few where simply stating that the story was confusing, and bad. Another was a question of, “What is Kezzerdrix?” Even if the Kezzerdrix did not come from any given source, the story dose described it as one mean, and bad tempered big bunny. Looking like a twisted nightmarish hair.
I also think some forget, Google is your friend. Aside from that, the ponies don’t know what it is so it was supposed to be a bit of a mystery as to what it is in the first place.
I do have a link to a video showing just what a Kezzerdrix is. Yes, it was shown once in a commercial on TV. So, I did not just pull this rabbit out of a hat, it has an origin of sorts.

Commercial link:

The alternate ending was important to the story. One, it helps tell a little of what one of my OC’s can do, and it is a catalyst to the beginning of the next story. Return of the Kezzerdrix.

Onto the next and last one.

Return of the Kezzerdrix.
This is a long one, but I will try to keep it short. It was created for me to have a chance to expand some on my OC’s. Again, it is a sad, dark, and gory story. So it should be of no surprise that some ponies get hurt or even dies in it, and in a horrible fashion. Would not have been much of a horror without such moments. It also has some parts where many are having to not only deal with some unknown threat killing ponies, but having to deal with their sense of loss.

The story also takes from parts of the show directly. Some readers like this, some don’t.
Overall the story is mostly a sad fic, and some odd comedy in it, that I happen to like. This sort of makes it pay homage to a lot of the “B” horror movies out there. Slither, Nightmare on Elm Street, Feast, just to name a few. The story is a horror, though many parts of it is less serious than the previous one. Another possible reason some did not like this story. I would not know.

To date, it has only 49 views, 2 likes and 17 dislikes, and a lack of helpful comments as well.
Again, Some of the few where simply stating that the story was confusing, and bad. Another was another question of, “What is Kezzerdrix?” This one may not have looked at the story before this one, or they not have asked that.

I post this not in asking for good reviews or anything like that. As it stands by those that have looked at my stories is, they are not well liked and are bad stories. I am really only interested to know why they are seen as so bad. Mostly my last one. I put a lot of work into that one. I am also currently creating the third story to this trilogy. It will have in it the explanation as to why that Kezzerdrix was in Equestria in the first place, and what next is to follow. Bigger plans I have for this last story. Though I have little to no interest in posting it when it is done. If an interest in it dose one day grow, I might be tempted to share what I created. Though for the moment there is little interest in it by others.

Again, I am just curious as to why my story bombed so badly. None is saying. One did post many comments that I did delete. But those comments where an attack on me personally, and had nothing to do with my story. He even told me he did not read it. That it would just be a piece of shit not worth reading. Oh, well.

For those that do have an interest in any of these stories and do wish to give me comments, even if they are unfavorable to the story. I would appreciate some insight as to what is wrong with them. I will also look over and give my comments to some stories for those that do comment, and wish to have a few comments on their stories as well. It is why I joined this site. To read some stories, and comment on them.

For those that got this far-
Thank you for your time. :twilightsmile:

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