Feeling scared to write is not a sin.
In fact it’s one of the most common reasons why we, as creative writers, don’t write more, and sometimes don’t write at all.
There are a number of different ways these fears present themselves. One of the most common is the feeling that you might be wasting time by working on the wrong creative writing project.
Here’s what this fear sounds like, and what you can do to start to overcome it:
"I’m scared I might waste my time writing.
The time I spend writing is very precious. What if I spend 3 months writing a book, only to find at the end of it, the ideas I had weren’t as strong as I thought. Plus, the characters that seemed so interesting in my head, came out as one dimensional and uninspiring on the page. I wouldn’t think it was worth continuing with.
What a waste of 3 months writing!"
How to overcome the fear:
The crucial point to remember is -
Time spent writing is never wasted time.
Every single word you write with good creative intentions is valuable because it teaches you more about how you write, why you write and how you can write even better.
Sometimes, ironically, the writing projects that seem a waste of time when you’re stuck in the middle of them, are actually the ones that help you focus on a new clear direction that you might not have come to find otherwise.
So although the end “product” was not as you’d hoped, the experience of writing it will add to your creative writing experience and make you a more experienced, focused and richly creative writer.
This is one of the most common fears we have as creative writers, and can hold us back dramatically when it takes hold.
How has this fear showed itself in your creative writing life?
What steps can you take, starting today, to reduce its impact?
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Creativity Coach and keen creative writer Dan Goodwin helps people who are struggling to be as creative as they know they can be. See more at his website: http://www.CoachCreative.com