For one hundred days, I’m going to post a writing tip each day. I have a whole bookshelf full of writing books and I want to do some reading and increased studying of this valuable resource. This will help me keep track of anything I’ve learned, and help motivate me to keep going. If anyone has a favorite tip of their own to add, contact me. I’d love to put it up here.
Today’s tip – Let My Fears Rest Where They Are
Source – Walking on Alligators, A Book of Meditations For Writers by Susan Shaughnessy
If we wait until the fear of writing goes away, we will never write.
If we wait until the fear of self-exposure goes away, we will never be published.
If we wait until the fear of failure can be somehow managed, he will never attempt anything.
If we wait until the fear of being laughed at goes away, we will indeed stall out. Studies have shown that children’s greatest fear is ridicule – not the dark, not being lost, but instead the embarrassment of being mocked.
All these fears are valid. They have deep roots in the truth. If you write, you will court failure. If you publish, you will court exposure. These fears will never be banished. But perhaps they can be harnessed.
More important is that by writing you will encounter inner reserves you never dreamed up – stores of serenity, courage, and confidence.
These treasures will be doled out to you little by little, as you come to write each day.
Today, I’ll let my fears rest where they are. I will write, and by writing I will discover my inner resources.
This is very good advice and I certainly hope that it is true.