Fear of writing is a common problem that plagues even the best of writers at times. The fear is what keeps some good writers from ever getting their ideas out to the public.
Every time you sit down to write, you find yourself with that anxiety ridden worry that what you are putting down on paper isn’t good enough for anyone else to read.
It isn’t a fear of writing itself, but the fear that others will think what you write isn’t good enough.
Some writers never get over this fear and therefore never become published authors. Whether you are writing a blog or writing a novel, there will be a nagging doubt that you are not good enough to get your project off the ground.
Every accomplished author started out in the same place; staring at a blank piece of paper and willing themselves to put their mark on it.
They overcame their fear and went on to write best sellers or award-winning articles.
Here are some of the ways they were able to conquer their fear and make their words come to life:
You should find time in your schedule to write something every day. It can be as simple as a sentence or as long as a chapter. If you schedule it into your day and faithfully execute it, writing will become a habit.
Habits are not terrifying in any way. When you write often, it becomes so second nature to you that you lose any fear associated with it.
It becomes what you do every night from 9 pm until 10 pm, just like eating dinner or a bedtime ritual. If you only write once a week, that gives the fear time to creep back in.
Write every day then write some more even when you are tired.
Make sure that your writing time is not interrupted. Find an area with no distractions. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Do it after the kids are in bed, or with your morning coffee. There is no right or wrong time of day to write.
Get comfortable. You don’t have to have a fancy office. Relax as you write, and the words will come out with less effort.
2. Make a goal
Don’t start with the intention of writing a full-length novel. This goal would make you feel like you have a deadline which would cause fear to raise its ugly head.
Instead, make your goal simple. Write for 15 minutes or write 250 words. When you are comfortable, then increase the time or the word count or both.
The goal should be easily obtainable so that you feel like you accomplished something.
Write down your goals so that you have a reference point. When you reach a goal, check it off. You will find that as you check off the goals each day, your confidence starts to build.
3. Don’t worry about rejection
Who cares what others think? In the beginning, you should not worry about rejection because you are writing just to write.
People most often fear writing because they are worried that someone will think that they are half-witted or that what they write is pointless.
Writing is never pointless. Maybe the ones who think writing is pointless are afraid of what they read or close-minded to new ideas.
Writing is power. When you get your ideas out for others to see, it starts conversations which can lead you to even more things to write about.
4. Write about familiar things
Memories are comforting. If you are writing about what you did yesterday, there is nothing to fear.
Take a few minutes every day to remember something. You can write about a person or anything you chose that leaves you with a good feeling when you think about them.
Write down all the things you remember about that person, event, or place until the words start flowing out.
Then you can branch out into writing something else.
5. Stop editing work as you go.
Write until the words stop flowing. You will find that you can continue this way for a while before you run out of things to say.
If you stop to edit every few minutes, you will begin to doubt your message before you even get the words down.
Fear is mainly made up of your own doubts. If you start to question every sentence before you have even made a point, you will never get anywhere.
6. Learn as you go
Every good writer continues to learn as they go,
Fear is often caused by the thought that you don’t know enough about your subject to make others believe in you or your ideas.
Learn from your mistakes. When you make a mistake, you will check to ensure that you don’t make it again.
Learn from your success. If something works for you, make sure to continue using the process.
Learn for the sheer joy of writing better. Use every means at your disposal to grow as an author and write meaningful copy.
If you join a group with like-minded people, you will see that others have the same fears you do and have learned to overcome them.
The group can give you valuable insights into how to accomplish your goals.
It gives you an outlet when the ones closest to you do not understand your struggles.
It also gives you another place to write.
Get To Work
Conquering your fear is a hard thing to do, but once you have that behind you, your confidence will grow, and you will look back and wonder why you waited so long to begin.
You will find that there are many like-minded people out there just waiting for your next project. The possibilities are endless for you when you can start to see progress in your writing.