Hello All! Guess what? It has been less than a week, and I have already developed a huge case of the “writing fears.” What is the “writing fears” you ask? Well, the symptoms vary per person, but for me, the symptoms are as follows:
- An Inability to Write – Basically, despite the fact that I am dying to write, I avoid writing all day because, well, I am scared (I will explain, don’t worry). Then, when I finally muster up the courage to write, I write a couple of sentences (and I do mean a couple), my anxiety starts acting up, and I end up putting my book away for the rest of the day.
- Fear of the Unknown – You may be wondering why I said I was scared in the previous symptom. Well, it is because I fear the unknown. I fear that my book will be boring. I fear that I think that I am better than I actually am. I fear that my writing skills may be poor. I fear that I will not be able to transition through my story well. I fear that there is no point in even writing a book because it will never go anywhere.
- Compare and Not Contrast – I am happy to say that this symptom is quickly fading away. However, it still likes to linger around every now and then. I tend to put certain authors on a pedestal and trick myself into thinking that I have to watch them as opposed to joining them or even surpassing them.
I am not discussing these things to send out a discouraging message. The reason why I am discussing this, is because (a) It is ridiculous for me to even have these “symptoms” in the first place, and (b) because I am not the only one who goes through this.
We have to constantly remember that the first reason the majority of us began writing, is because we enjoy writing. Write your book for you. This does not mean that you will not listen to your audience or make changes to your book(s) in the future. It means that you are writing because you want to, because you need to, because it drives you. Not because you are trying to prove yourself to others or because you feel as if you have to fit into this particular author mold.
This is just as much of a pep talk for my readers as it is for me. We will get there. All of us. Just make sure you keep writing. Most importantly, just make sure you keep writing because you enjoy it.
Until the Next Chapter,