#Writivity: 15 Sure Ways to Overcome Scriptophobia

Hello Hoodists,

Last week I wrote about Scriptophobia, its adverse effect on budding and established writers alike and promised to give you, this week, an antidote to deal with the fear of writing. 

Just in case you missed the Scriptophobia Article, click link below to read...


Okay, lets go on to today's tutorial. Like I stated last week, many individuals have aspirations of writing books, but they’re held back by doubt and fear (Scriptophobia). Not knowing where to begin, how to structure, who to publish with, and the steps to getting published has stopped many potential writers from turning their ideas and dreams into printed reality.

Fortunately, there are steps that anyone can take to successfully write a book and get it published but few are they that know it.


All hope is not lost on your writing career. I have, after several days in the Literary Laboratory, come up with 15 Tested and Proved Mental and Physical Antidotes to deal a deadly blow on the big guy, Scriptophobia. (Don't worry, there ain't no side effects...). 

First, I need to remind you this is strictly for writers, budding and published. If you have no flare for ink and paper, I suggest you don't bug your brains with concoction of words. You might get lost... and there is no provision for a Mental Search Team... Yeah, you might not get a thing. 

If you really want to write a book, I am going to give you 15 Antidotes to overcome your fear of writing, to get you inking, and to get you to stop staring at a blank paper and screen. After this therapy, I assure you, you will be charged to put pen on paper all the time.

Okay... too much talk, lets go.

Pill Number One - Write Often, Even When You Don’t Want To 

A poet was asked how he writes so many poems, he smiled and gave them a simple letter reply, "With words, all time, all day".

One of the best ways to overcome scriptophobia is to write, at least, or rather at most, 1,000 words per day. The key to writing a book is to “Just Write!” It is one thing, among every other thing, that you cannot get worse at by doing it. Even if it becomes an addiction, I bet you you, it's the best of all addiction. 

Pill Number Two - Save Editing For the End

Writing and editing is a clog on the wheel of writing progress. When you edit in the process of writing, you successfully hinder your creative flow. You put your muse on pause. Now this is harmful, because a paused muse may eventual go with the winds on slightest distraction. 

I often write down my thoughts ass fast as they come without interruptions or editing. I have loads and loads of scraps, rough works and disjointed stories. Just write as it flows... leave the editing for another time when your muse goes to sleep. 

First things first. Just get all the information out of your head into that paper, you can go back and edit later. This is were 'journaling' comes in. Learn to make notes. As a writer or aspiring writer, one thing, or rather two things, that ever should be with you is a pen and a paper, jotter, pocket dairy, just anything to write on.

Pill Number Three: Outline Your Book Before You Begin

Before you dive into writing books, never forget to take this pill. It is a calculated formula that works like magic. When you make a strong outline it gives you a clear sense of purpose and direction. It saves you the stress of beating about the bush. It makes you a little omnipotent god by helping you see the end from the beginning.

First start with a chapter that gives a lot of value and benefits to the reader, develop the subject throughout the book, and end with a strong chapter that summarizes and emphasizes the main points. Don't scare your readers with an abstract opening. With the help of outlining, you can know where and how to sneak in the finest plot. 

It is a simple formula, but it works like magic, over and over. Try this pill and your head will never again spin in 'museful' confusion. Yes, it's not a bitter pill. Only don't swallow with a frown. Else it gets bitter.

Pill Number Four: Know Who You Are Writing For

Reading is the ability to sneak into the heart of a writer. - Stefn Sylvester Anyatonwu
Before you got to this level, you must have chosen a niche. By now, I want to assume you know who are writing for. i.e. who your reader is. 

When you know exactly who your audience is and who you’re writing for, you will be able to easily speak to your ideal reader easily through your writing.

Take this pill. It helps you relate well with the societal, academical, emotional, mental, etc level of your prospective reader.

Pill Number Five: Create Time For Yourself To Write

So many lazy fellows will always come up with this ancient excuse that they don’t have any time to write. I attended a writers' forum sometime in 2015. We were given the opportunity to ask questions and receive answers from seasoned authors. Few of questions that topped the chart were these:
The guest speakers where able to do justice to those questions. We were made to understand that time cannot make out time for us. Time waits for none. The bad news is that time flies but the good news is that you are the pilot. If you want to write a book, you must create a time every day reserved only for writing. 

Your leisure time can be converted to writing time. The long hours you spend chatting and 'gisting' and watching movies can be converted to writing. 

Waste no time. Write anytime. In the bus, on a queue, in church, class... toilet, anywhere. When the inspiration comes to you, there is but one thing to do... WRITE!

Pill Number Six: Free Yourself From Distractions

Hmmm... yes. A very serious issue this is. Have you ever observed this, that the time you mark out for writing is when a friend, lover, spouse remembers to give you a call, ask for help, tell you an interesting story, bring you your best meal. 

Distraction is sweet. It is tempting... and it is easy to become distracted. Especially when you are nervous about how your writing will turn out. If you need to seclude yourself in a quiet area you should do it. Free yourself of distractions and write.

Get out of that noisy arena. Go hide in your best of nooks and turn that idea into books. Distractions will never make you the best writer you dream to be. Get outta that comfort zone and go hide in a cave or something. I know there are no caves... Privacy is an amazing tool in the hand of a writer. Use it!

Pill Number Seven: Don’t Worry If Your Book Isn’t Perfect The First Time

Try not to get caught up thinking about errors in your book. Your goal should be to get all your ideas down and finish your thoughts before you go back and edit.

I know you are wondering... why SEVEN? Didn't he say FIFTEEN? Yes I promised to give you 15 Pills... If you need all the 15 Pills in one pack, it will cost you a little token. I have packaged this tutorial and more in a single e-Book which will be made available to you on request. This e-Book will be lunched before the end of next month, May. 

First 15 writers to subscribe for the e-Book gets it at a cut price. 


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Scriptophobia - Fear of Writing by StefnSylvester Anyatonwu


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