Episode 14: Overcoming Self-Doubt When Writing a Memoir

overcoming self-doubt when writing a memoir

Have thought about writing a memoir but have doubt and fear are stopping you? It is common for us to find reasons not to write our story. Today, we are looking at my own fears and self-doubts about writing my memoir to help you overcome self-doubt when writing a memoir.

In this episode, we are digging into self-doubt surrounding writing a memoir. We look at three common fears when thinking about writing a memoir, advice for how to move past these fears, and the importance of writing your memoir. Your story is important. Don’t let self-doubt stop you from writing it!

The Real Talk membership is open! Inside you’ll have access to monthly writing courses, weekly group calls with live edits, and personalized feedback and encouragement to help you write YOUR story and maybe even overcome self-doubt when writing your memoir! Don’t miss the opportunity to join other authors and learn from each other to write the best book YOU can write!

As always, I’d love to hear from you on Instagram @ariellehadfield.authorcoach or join me in a coaching call where we can discuss your story and dive deeper into your questions. Did you love this episode? LIKE & SHARE with others!

In this episode we cover:

  • The fear of inadequacy and why your story IS good enough
  • My advice for overcoming the fear of not having enough to fill a whole book
  • The fear of legalities and why you should wait to worry about them until your book is written
  • Why you should write the story you feel you need to write and see where it takes you

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Welcome to The Prologue, with author coach, Arielle Hadfield.


You’ve got an idea for a story. Now it’s time to get it on paper. The writing world can be a strange and scary place, but you don’t have to face it alone.


In this podcast, Arielle guides authors through all the steps of writing a book.

This includes how to take a simple idea and transform it into an entire story with complete characters and a compelling plot, editing strategies, and mindfulness skills to help break through writer’s block, handle rejection, and find courage to step outside your comfort zone to get your story out of your head and into stores.


Arielle Hadfield began as an author. Soon she was able to combine her writing and editing skills with her background in mental health and life coaching to become the first of its kind author coach!


Tune in every Tuesday to learn how to craft a stronger story. With examples from books, movies, and music, and a fun, encouraging, and kind environment, Arielle will help you reach your goals, no matter how far-fetched they feel today.

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