Fear is a very common affliction when undertaking any creative pursuit. It can prevent you from producing your best work, from sharing that work with others, and ultimately from finding your audience. Here are three common fears in writing:
#1. Fear of starting:
The very beginning, in any creative pursuit, is often the most intimidating part. Staring at a blank page or screen can be paralyzing, and sometimes it feels easier not to start at all than to type those first few words onto the page. For many, this fear can win out. and they never begin. I find that it’s best to just dive in. When I’m first starting a new work, or a new blog post, I sit down, and just type whatever comes to mind. Sometimes what comes out is great, and other times it’s nonsense, but simply allowing myself to write, without editing or censoring myself at the same time is what works effectively for me.
#2. Fear of sharing:
Another terrifying aspect of writing, is finally sharing that writing with another person. Whether that is beta readers, or an editor, allowing somebody else to see the most intimate product of your creative mind is absolutely petrifying. Many people keep their creative work to themselves for just this reason. I try and share my work with someone I know will like it, first. The initial confidence from their approval, gives me the boost I need to send it out to my beta readers, and editors. Creating multiple works that have been well received in public gives an additional book, so keep putting your work out there!
#3. Fear of criticism:
Whenever you share your work with others publicly, you open yourself up to their opinions, which may not always be favourable. It can be nerve-wracking to share your work with a public audience, but it’s also very rewarding to find that something you have created resonates deeply with someone else. Criticism can also make your work better; allowing you to expand your own perspective by opening yourself up to the perspectives of others. I like to keep in mind that not everyone is going to like my work. Everyone has different tastes after all. That said, when I do receive criticism, it’s almost always constructive, and I’ve learned not to take it personally, and use it to make my writing better.
“I feel the fear and do it anyways.” – Susan Jeffers
How do you deal with fear in writing? Tell me in the comments below!
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