Sometimes I want to give up. Sometimes I don’t want to write anymore. And sometimes I do give up and stop writing.
Have you been there? Stuck and filled with doubt. All Writers doubt themselves. Doubt is a natural part of all of us and no one can ever completely escape it. The first lesson in overcoming doubt is knowing that there's nothing wrong with you for feeling doubtful, it's normal.
You're human, therefore you doubt.
The problem is when doubt overwhelms us and keeps us from creating the work we are meant to create. Doubt has stopped too many people from living their dreams. Unhindered, doubt won't allow you to say what you mean to say. You've written great work, but if it doesn't matter to you as much as it would have if you had said what you wanted to say, then you're a victim of scriptophobia.
We've all been there. If you haven't be there yet, relax, you'll get there sooner or later. Doubt is insidious in that it can make us stall and give up, or worse, hold us back from being true to ourselves and our writing. You can overcome doubt! We must all wage an intense, lifelong battle against the constant downward pull. If we relax, the bugs and the weeds of negativity will move into the garden and take away everything of value.
Yes, you can and will overcome doubt, but allow me to insert a word of caution: absolutely defeating doubt is not possible and should never become your goal. Doubt will always be a part of your writing and creative life. However, with that said, it doesn't need to cause you to give up or withhold your best art.
As a writer. You know how to write. You can write. You want to write. You know this and that, but it is still a battle you fight every day – The Fear of Writing.
The fear doesn’t go away. It just changes. The fear is always going to be there. The fear is going to change. Once you have conquered the first fear there will be new fear: A new worry. In the spirit of positive thinking let’s call them challenges.
Many times people avoid writing because of fears or anxieties they
have about writing. In this book, some helpful questions guide a discussion about ways you can calm fears of writing and begin to work. Understanding where fears are generated, and then understanding ways our writing influences others, can help lessen the fear of writing. There will always be challenges and this book is a compass to the lost writer in the sea of doubts and fear. Sit, grab a cup of coffee and let’s deal with your fears.
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