Be confident, but not cocky. All writing is an act of vanity. Which is why so many writers are insufferable jackasses. Because writing requires you to essentially say to the world, which is constantly in motion: “I have something to say, you need to sit still and listen.” It’s getting harder to get anyone to sit still for long, with all our distractions. So even if you’re a vainglorious prick, it shouldn’t be too hard to stay humble. Remember that even if you’re an old hand, and have been doing this for a while, every writing outing is a new chance to fail.
— Read on mattlabash.substack.com/p/on-writing