Your writing related fears root in your childhood, and that takes a whole different shape when it comes to writing.
You know you are hitting on fear when you start procrastinating or postponing a stage of writing. Here is a list of stages. Over the next couple of weeks, I will explore each stage a little further.
Writing the first draft
- Do you fear to go on with the next chapter?
- Does your writing feel stale, passionless?
- Do you feel unsure about where to go next?
- Do you feel like your writing sucks?
- Do you think that no one will like this?
- Do you feel like your characters suck and the scrap heap is the best for your story?
- Do you keep tinkering with your words?
- Do you leave a story sleeping for yet another couple of months so you can take distance from it?
- Do you keep dragging aspects of the story in and out because that makes it better? And then end up with basically the same story?
- Do you fear the editors?
- Do you hate to let go of your story?
- Do you feel you are worthy of the market you are submitting to?
- Do you dump the story immediately when it is rejected?
- Do you think you are worthy of the sale?
- Do you fear the reader’s comments?
- Do you fear to put your book out there, because people might consider it spam?
- Do you fear you won’t be able to defend your book to people?
- Do you feel your book won’t be sold much, so you can stop promoting it?
For me, the fear stage is submitting. If I keep saying I still work on it, I won’t be able to be punished for not submitting it and I won’t get rejected. It’s something I only am aware of now I wrote this (which also proves my point that sometimes you write a blog post for yourself) 🙂
What is your big fear stage? Where do you let fear win?