Is Doubt Holding You Back?

Do you get frustrated that the writing on the page isn’t as good as what’s in your head?

Do you fear you’ll be rejected or that no one will like what you wrote?

Do you think you’re not good enough or smart enough to write the book you want?

Do you think that no one cares what you have to say?

Do you wish that you could delete the doubt?

Woman, with her head down and arms in front of her cradling a pile of crumpled up paper.


I’ve been there —mired in the doubt, feeling stuck, thinking that I wasn’t good enough or smart enough or a good enough writer. I read all the articles and tried all the things to try to make myself feel more confident and have less doubt about my writing, my creative projects, myself.

Then I had a moment. I was showing someone a piece that I had whipped up in the middle of the night. She said, “You just need to be more confident.” 

For a long time, had you asked me what I wanted to change about myself as a writer, that would have been it. Just be more confident. Have less doubt. Not feel like an imposter.


But in that moment, a light bulb went off. My doubt was creative doubt and it was my superpower. Doubt as a superpower? Heck, yeah!  

That doubt that I was feeling was what had the potential to turn it into something great.

A funny thing happened for me once I figured out the power of creative doubt. Once I decided to just embrace the good doubt as part of my creativity, it made it a lot easier to spot when the good doubt started to turn to bad doubt. 

I was able to use (and celebrate!) the good doubt—because that’s where the genius happened!—and stop the bad doubt in its tracks when it tried to rear its ugly head. It let me question and improve my plot, my ideas, the way I phrased things… without doubting myself.  


Maybe you’ve been seen the meme about the creative process. It goes something like this:

The Creative Process: 1. This is awesome! 2. This is tricky. 3. This is bad. 4. I am bad. 5. This might be fixable. 6. This is awesome.


How many times have you gone on this roller coaster? I know I’ve been on it way more than I’d like!

What if you could stop somewhere between stages 2 and 3, skip over 4, and get to stage 5? How would that change your writing process? How you felt about yourself? What could you accomplish?

That's what Delete the Doubt can help you do. It can help you:

  • Become a more confident writer.
  • Embrace your strengths! (Yes, yours!)
  • Use creative doubt to improve your writing.
  • Identify when creative doubt turns to self doubt so you can stop it.
  • Keep self-doubt from making you stall, stop, or give up.
  • Finish your book, dissertation, blog or whatever else it is that you dream about.

Whether you’re writing your first book or blog or essay or your 100th, you can change your relationship with doubt and stop spinning in the bad doubt mire. Be bold and let’s delete that doubt!

Start for free today!

What you’ll get in the course:

  • Self-doubt busting strategies that will help you be a more confident writer and action-taker.
  • Tips for using creative doubt to power up your writing.
  • Worksheets to help you put the strategies into use.
  • A super-secret special bonus for completing the course activity.

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What Our Students Have Said

Content is Incredible

This content is incredible... the framework is bigger than just writing. It is applicable to so many people in so many ways.

Use in Any of My Creative Pursuits

I knew that this course would help me with my writing projects but I did not understand how much it would help me with my sewing projects. When I meet with my sewing group, I hear themes of perfectionism and fear of making a mistake throughout our conversations. This course helped me see the self-doubt that prevents us from completing our garment making projects. We sew garments to have clothing that fits us and makes us happy. In that pursuit, we strive for the perfect fit of a garment made of our dream fabric. For me, this creates a paralyzing situation. Self-doubt is a major factor in that. I plan to use the lessons I have learned in this course in any of my creative pursuits where self-doubt creeps into my process.

Personalized Strategies

I loved reading through this course and learning about new ways to look at doubt. I’m excited to try the personalized strategies I learned to manage the doubt and how I can also make it work for me.

Very Effective

The course is great! I can see it being very effective for all kinds of writers and creatives.


Delete the Doubt offers a new approach and perspective for people who struggle with doubt in their creative pursuits that is refreshing.

What's in the Course?

  • 1

    The Road Beyond Doubt

    • Welcome

    • Doubt

    • What Is Doubt?

    • Finding a Better Relationship With Doubt

    • Module 1 Workbook

    • Bonus Course Activity

    • Bonus Activity Download

  • 2

    Prepping the Trip: Realistic Concern and Creative Doubt

    • Realistic Concern

    • Why Is Creative Doubt Important?

    • How To Use Creative Doubt

    • Questionstorming

    • Module 2 Workbook

  • 3

    Restart Your Brain

    • Slipping Into Self-Doubt?

    • Example of the Self-Doubt Slide

    • Doubt Happens

    • Doubt the Doubt

    • Reframing Your Thoughts

    • Call Out the Critic

    • Module 3 Workbook

  • 4

    Handling Detours: Character Strengths

    • Strengths to the Rescue

    • Take The VIA

    • Using Your Strengths

    • Strengths and Resilience

    • Strengths for the Doubt

    • Module 4 Workbook

  • 5

    Driving the Open Road

    • Kicking It into Action

    • Celebrate... On to the Next

    • Actions and Small Wins

    • Train the Brave

    • Module 5 Workbook

  • 6

    Rest stops: Breaks and Feeding the Soul

    • Find Your Squad

    • Take a Break

    • Focus on the Mission

    • Care, Mission, and Doubt

    • Doubt Module 6 Workbook

  • 7

    5 Hacks for Doubt Avenue

    • Sharpen Your Skills

    • Find Your Strengths

    • Don't Compare

    • Write It Down

    • Experiments and Failing Forward

    • When It Doesn't Work

    • Bonus: Doubt Time

    • Module 7 Workbook

  • 8

    Create Your Own Roadmap: Get Out of Doubt

    • Identify What You Need

    • Know Your Strategies

    • Make it Stickable

    • Going Forward

    • Module 8 Workbook


  • How does the course work?

    The course includes text, videos, and workbooks. As you finish a lesson, you can access the next. You can work through the modules as quickly or slowly as you'd like.

  • Do I need to turn anything in?

    No. While there are workbooks, they are for your own learning. There is one activity that you can turn in to receive an added bonus, but you are not required to participate.

  • Will I get feedback on my work?

    Not in this course. If you'd like to take a course where there are discussions, feedback, and live sessions, please see the Delete the Doubt plus version.

  • What if I fall behind?

    You'll retain access to the course so just pick back up at your own pace.


Melissa Haveman

Melissa Haveman has ghostwritten over twenty non-fiction texts and developed (or led the development process) for over two hundred more as a developmental editor and Director of Content. She also writes mystery short fiction in her spare time. As a coach, Melissa loves helping writers and other creatives embrace their strengths, improve how they work, overcome challenges with doubt, and get their projects done. She's an authorized provider/certified trainer for Everything DiSC and The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, has a master's degree in sociology and has earned the Leading Virtual Teams certificate from Cornell University. She's also a member of the International Coach Federation.