- Quick fact: Did you know that fear is the number one thing holding others back?
Don’t let fear sabotage your dreams. Take control! Here’s how –
Winning strategies for how you can overcome the fear of writing and get started!
- Prepare Yourself.
Writing anything can be daunting for an inexperienced writer, but rest assured, the more you do it, the easier it becomes. To make it all a little less overwhelming, make sure you’re prepared.
Set up quiet, clutter-free work area. This is detrimental for your sanity as well as your motivation. A tidy space to work will help you connect with the wonderful truth. You’re about to become a writer, and soon, you’ll be an author.
Organize your thoughts and ideas on paper. Start filling up that notebook with your ideas, even if they’re not all related to the same project. Let your creativity flow as you work toward defining exactly what it is you want to write and how you’re going to present it.
- Begin your research.
It’s no secret that even the experts are continually learning about their craft. You don’t need to be an expert to write about a topic you’re passionate about. Just get to work!
- Focus on the process, not the results.
You not an editor. You’re a writer. This is the best piece of advice I can give anyone struggling with self-doubt. Don’t sweat what you don’t know. You will never finish the first page if you allow yourself to criticize work that doesn’t exist yet. Just finish it. Once you have that crappy, error-riddled first draft, then you can go back to revise and edit. All first drafts are trash. Accept it.
- Realize you’re not writing for everyone.
It’s okay if not everyone enjoys it. You’re not writing for them anyway. Some people will love it, and that’s who you’re writing for. You’re going to be rejected, you’re going to take some punches. We all do! What the experts know, is that it’s worth it. And those people who enjoy your work are loyal. They’ll appreciate you.
- Start small.
Don’t write a full sized novel. Short stories can be a great way to start out until you’re comfortable with the writing process. A short story can be up to 20,000 words in length but still has all the makings of a full-size novel. If you’re writing an informational ebook, you can do with about half of that. No excuses here!
- Do it because you’re afraid of it!
Everyone has faced a fear at least once in their lifetime and there’s no better feeling of accomplishing what you thought you couldn’t. Accept that fear is normal and just a part of the process, but keep going! You’ll have something to be proud of, and others will be proud of you too.
Quick Fact: Joining a support community increases your chances of finding success!
Bonus Fact: Research and studying your craft before you begin can help you write better, quicker and easier!
Be visible. Be informed. Be an Author.
We’ll help you along!