Fear is neither good nor bad. Fear is natural and neutral. The secret is in learning to be able to do something worthwhile with the fear. A writer’s goal is to work with the fear to harness the energy source to enhance writing experiences.
Some writers experience a paralyzing fear before starting to write. The mind is screaming with: I’m boring, I’m not original, nobody will like it, I’ll be criticized for not being perfect, I can’t spell and my grammar stinks, this is pointless, I have nothing to write, I don’t know how to write. The results are writers block. The creative processes shut down. Being afraid of what a reader or editor or publisher might criticize is a very real fear of not being perfect. Giving them that much power over your creativity is alarming. The solution? Focus on you, not others. Write for yourself, first and foremost.
A leap of faith takes courage. Like most aspects of life, when you love doing something it is not a job anymore. It’s a passion that provides a way to follow your bliss. Creative writing is not a have to, it’s a want to. Giving in to a fear of rejection gives strangers the power to control our lives.
All writers have anxieties. Knock your anxieties down to size.
•Train yourself to plan ahead for everything. If your business meeting is scheduled for 10:00am, get ready in order to arrive at 9:45am. Relax the pressures of rushing by planning ahead of time. Set up planned units of time to write on a daily basis. The appointment you make with yourself starts with planning to arrive early.
•Use available resources starting with the computer spell-checker. Do not rely on it all the time. Check synonyms, antonyms and grammar sources online, in the library and at the library. Asking for help is necessary to learn about human nature to write accurately.
•Present documentation, evidence, facts, statistics and examples to back up your specifics. Always check your facts for accuracy with at least two sources.
•Be organized in your environment, thinking, problem solving and in your note taking. Clutter always decreases efficiency and performance.
•Learn about yourself to accept the real you. Learning more about yourself and your style of writing can help ease anxieties. Be real.
•Set goals by asking and writing about why and what you want to write. Writers with defined goals have a better chance of achieving them. Update them periodically.
Feelings become a problem to success when they are avoided. Fear interferes with creative writing. Acknowledge and feel the fears without putting them in charge. Perfect does not exist, except in the moment it was created. After that moment in time, things change as life makes forward motion progress. Hindsight shows how the perfect of that time and place has changed to meet the needs of today and tomorrow.
Rather than setting a goal of perfection, strive to finish by being the best you can be today. If you want to write, then write. If you want to talk about writing, then talk.