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There's Nothing to Fear when Writing
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Stephanie Elliot
October 2017
Contributor
Written by
Stephanie Elliot
October 2017

It probably happens to many of us – the fear of writing. Maybe you’re in the middle of a draft and you’re feeling like it’s not going anywhere; maybe you have a great idea but you don’t know how to dive in and start it. Writing obstacles get in the way. They can control your thoughts and prevent you from doing the writing you really want to do.

Have you ever had a writing session where you hesitated for a long while before you sat down to write? And in the middle of the session, you realize, “Hey, I’m doing it! I can write!”

Sitting down to concentrate on your writing is kind of like exercise. Before we get on that treadmill, we think, “I don’t want to do this, I can’t do this today,” but once we’re on that machine, we feel our heart rate go up and we begin to sweat, things feel better. We feel more in control of our bodies and minds. That’s how it is with getting started when writing.

Don’t put so much pressure on yourself. You love to write, or else you wouldn’t be doing it, yes? So, next time you sit down at your desk, or laptop, or yellow legal pad, and you think, “There’s no way I’m going to be able to do this today,” stop your negative thoughts. If you are staring at the blank page, and you’re really feeling stuck, you might want to try to free-write at that moment. Something as easy as starting a paragraph with, “I don’t want to write today because…” or “I’m scared to write today because…” See where that takes you. Soon your mind will be churning out all the ideas you have! You’ll start the process and rediscover that you’ve loved it all the time.

Writers, how do you jump-start your writing process when you’re just not in the mood? 

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Comments
  • Laurine Bruder Writing

    I like to work on something random that's not my main project when I'm not in the mood. I'll put on some music, think of a character, and try to write a scene that fits the music and character, just to get the blood pumping.

  • Alissa Johnson Writing

    I like to have some prompts at hand or an option to just freewrite, so that if I'm not ready to jump into a project I have a place to start.