Let’s Write Confidence

It’s so good to be back in the swing of things with a writing post, especially one that adds to the Let’s Write Series. Now, I see you doing a double take there. Didn’t this to be called the writing emotions series? It did, but then I had so many ideas to add to the series, and some of them aren’t emotions.

Like confidence. Not an emotion, rather a state of mind. You can choose to be confident even if you’re not–or so I’ve been told. Confidence isn’t my forte.

Before we begin, confidence and arrogance aren’t necessarily the same thing, though confident and arrogant characters might share certain facial expressions, body language, and habits.

Google defines confidence as a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities, which means confidence comes down to effective control of fear. Confident characters are open to other characters and won’t feel threatened by them, and may not even feel threatened in chaotic or dangerous situations. On the flipside, over-confidence or false confidence can lead to underestimating the danger.

The most important thing to remember is that confident characters don’t judge their self-worth by the standards of other people. They are comfortable in their own bodies, trust in their own skill, and usually want other people to share that level of confidence. Their body language will almost always be welcoming, except if a bit of arrogance has crept into their personalities.

More on that below.

Confident Body Language and Speech

Confident Expressions

What Confidence Feels Like

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you have anything to add, please feel free to do that in the comments. The same goes for any requests or ideas for this series. I love hearing from you!

Until next time.


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