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Overcoming Writer’s Block: Fear (6)

Originally, I only intended to do five of these posts. As noted in the introductory blog “5 Reasons Behind Writer’s Block,” there are several reasons why writers are often prevented from writing. I had thought of five:

  • Lack of Time to Write
  • Sickness
  • Work
  • Lack of Creativity
  • Home Responsibilities

However, my friends and followers had pointed out that there is a sixth reason often responsible for writer’s block that I felt needed to be addressed. This is: FEAR.

The first step to overcoming Writer’s Block comes from the need to discover why the writer is blocked in the first place. Once you have establish the why you can work on how to move forward.

Fear = Small Goals & Courage

adult, black-and-white, bodySometimes we feel that we are defined by that empty, blank page. It stares at us and we stare back at it. For one reason or another, we are paralyzed, unable to commit words to paper. Why? According to both Mia and TShaw, fear is a major factor behind Writer’s Block. Mia says,

I think, why writer’s might suffer from writer’s block: fear. Fear of failure. Fear of success (yes, that’s a fairly common fear for writers, especially as most are very introverted). Fear of rejection. Fear of not being good enough.

Tshaw agreed, stating,

Fear that my writing is a waste of time.

Of course, both of these intelligent women were correct. Fear is a huge problem in a successful writing life! Perhaps it is ironic that the same week I am working on this post, my church spent an entire sermon focusing on courage. (You can read all about it here.)

In order to face our fears we must remember what courage is:

Courage is not the absence of fear, it is acting despite the presence of fear.

If you are feeling fearful, the best thing you can do is act regardless. Now, this is easier said than done which is why I suggest that you focus on small goals rather than large ones. When we fear rejection, or success, or failure, or really anything, the only way to fight that fear is to refuse to give it power. Sure, I could tell you to think positively, but that does not always work.

Truly, the only way to fight your fears successfully is to act in spite of them.

Happy Writing!


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28 thoughts on “Overcoming Writer’s Block: Fear (6)”

  1. Thank you for your series of posts on writer’s block and the advice that goes on along with them, Kayal Ann. I do think fear is a factor in my writing, but most of it is reluctance. I’m quite picky with what I want to share and what not, because some pieces of writing are just a little more special than others.

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    1. You are very welcome MissM! I am so glad that you enjoyed it. I think fear is a normal feeling for many authors and what you’re saying makes sense. There are some things I share online and some I do not.

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  2. The fear of writing being a waste of time is so relatable! I actually just wrote a post about it this morning. After some computer malfunctions, it’s possible the past month of work hasn’t saved. (I won’t know until my laptop is repaired!) But then I realized that time doing what you love (writing!) isn’t wasted time. It’s not really about the hustle and the success, but just about enjoying writing.

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    1. Oh no! I swear that is a writer’s worst nightmare—to lose all their work! I hope you are able to recover some work!
      And that’s so true! It’s about the act of writing and the enjoyment found in it

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