“I don’t think I’m a very good writer.”
“Writing a novel is too hard, and I don’t think I can do it.”
All of these negative thoughts are based on fear. Even a lack of confidence can be traced back to fear!
So how to overcome it? Face fear head on by setting goals for your writing.
First, join the rest of us for the 10K Word Count Writing Challenge in March. By setting a goal of writing 10,000 words in March, you may be able to conquer several fears at once:
- Fear of others reading and judging your work
- Fear of constructive criticism (Your work will improve greatly as a result)
- Fear that people won’t like your finished book (Feedback while you’re writing will eliminate this fear)
But beyond the 10K Challenge (which, by the way, you can sign up for here), setting your own personal goals for your writing is very important, and can help you face down your fears.
For example, writer’s block often arises out of fear. And we all get it from time to time! What’s a goal you can set to move past this? Perhaps you could sit down and brainstorm—just write out a list of rough ideas, or even get more specific and write out a list of possible titles for your book, or possible opening sentences for your novel. Sometimes this activity is enough to shake the words loose from your brain.
So, what are your fears? What is a goal you can set for this week to overcome them?