Do you fear writing? A normal writer does. Even a bestselling-author like Stephen King recognized its existence in his book “On Writing” and described how it holds back and ruins a writer's passion and confidence.
The thing is, fear is normal and almost an integral part of every writer's life. But fear will remain as it is and could slowly eat you up. It could quickly end your writer dream and leave you homeless when you don't do anything to conquer it.
Acknowledging the Presence of Fear
Everything should begin with your acknowledgement of the presence of fear in what you do which in this case is writing. Ask yourself why you are afraid of writing? Where is it coming from? What effect does it bring you? No other person can answer all these questions except you who is undergoing such feelings.
Almost every writer has his or her own writing mentor. This person can be one of the people close to you who you can call anytime when you are having a difficult time writing or someone who motivates you to do better in what you do. It isn't a requirement that this person be living or dead as long as you get inspiration on what he or she does pushing you to be where he or she is.
Read a lot about writing
Drowning yourself to reading materials about writing will make it more familiar and less scary for you to write anything you feel like writing. Spend time reading rejected articles, book proposals, etc. and try not to make the same mistakes in your writing. There can be times when you won't be able to save yourself from rejection but that's how it really is. Rejection is normal especially to writers like you.
Writers often find themselves in a big trouble when they compare their writing to others especially to those successful published ones. You shouldn't let this happen to you as well just because you chose to be a writer. Put in mind, as early as now, that the likes of Jodi Picoult, Helen Keller, Haruki Murakami and other internationally acclaimed authors were once unpublished writers too. Focus on that fact that they are where they are because they didn't let rejection or fear get in their dreams to become a writer.
Finding time to go back to school and enroll in a good writing course is the best way for a writer to get help in submitting and publishing articles and proposals. In school where you can have ample time to practice your writing, you can develop confidence, conquer fear and cope with rejections.
Conquering your fear of writing is something that can't be done overnight. It takes time to learn how to fight it off but if you continue to move forward, eventually this feeling called fear won't be as much overwhelming to you as it once had been. Listen to Stephen King's advice to let go of your fear and let your writing bless the world.
About Jennifer Joplinn
Jennifer Joplinn hopes to be a book author herself but is tied to her mother duties and work. She is currently working at help.plagtracker.com giving professional writing and editing consultations. She would be more than happy if you leave her a tweet and strike a conversation.
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