I am by no means a known writer or a genius in the art of writing, but I have my own thoughts and opinions on the matter.
If you wish to listen to one of them, here it is:
Before you start writing there is no fear. When you put the pen in your hand, it starts to build up, and as you write, it begins to overflow. Many are conscious of this fact, others struggle against it with every word they put down on the paper or type on the computer. By no means I’m different from such writers. I encountered those as well…
Actually, I’ve been stuck in a vicious circle of fears for over 2 years, and I have yet to get rid of all of them.
The fear to write.
The fear to finish what you write.
The fear to be critiqued.
The fear to be hated because of what you write.
The fear to be misunderstood because of what you write.
The fear of bad or accidental grammar.
The fear of editing and finding out your mistakes, be them plot holes or grammar ones.
The fear of acknowledging that you are human and that you can make mistakes, therefore, your first draft must not be the final version.
The fear of clicking the ‘Publish’ button or ‘Send’ for the manuscript you worked on for so long.
The fear of rejection.
The fear of how bad your book is.
The fear of having an overwhelmingly good book and then having all of your fans hope for something better.
The fear that you will lose your talent and be unable to write anymore.
The fear that your style will change so much that you won’t know how to write your next book.
The fear of having what you write be unappreciated or completely ignored.
The fear of being laughed at for what you write.
The fear of hurting someone’s feelings with what your write.
The fear of writing something embarrassing.
The fear of writing something politically or religiously incorrect or inappropriate.
The fear of fearing your own creation.
The fear of being judged based on what you write.
These are just some of the fears I encountered during those past two years of my writer’s block. The most ridiculous ones were the ‘fear of fear’ type, as for the rest, each and every one of them was like a shackle on my pen, keeping it from moving, keeping it from letting my next thought out, always forcing me to avoid continuing or editing my work.
Try reading through those fears. The ones that will resonate the most in your heart are the ones plaguing you at the moment. Those are the shackles of your talent. But then comes the question: how do you know it resonates? It’s simple… the fear will hurt. You will pull back and maybe think that’s not it, but deep inside, you will know it is the truth. You might even fear to acknowledge the very existence of such a fear inside you. It sounds ridiculous, I know, but if you aren’t plagued by such fears, then you will be able to leisurely read those fears and smile or simply hold no reaction at all, almost as if you are completely indifferent to such thoughts, your heart won’t feel heavy or tighten at all.
All of those fears, all of those obstacles are what can keep you from writing your next book or even starting your first one.
As a first-time writer, you will probably be surrounded by many of those fears. They will beat down at the walls of your insanity until you cuddle up in the corner of your room, crying your eyes out. The veteran writers will only have a couple of those fears, but they will be strong, like the eyes of Cerberus always glaring at your back, ready to rip your soul out and drag it back to Hades.
However, these are only fears, and a fear is nothing but the illusion of the mind when it encounters the unknown. Those fears will always be with you, but it is your own personal choice if you ignore them, reinforce them, or use them.
To be rid of a fear means to accept the unknown, to embrace it, to understand that it’s there, but it will only harm you if you let it to. Take hold of the fear, hold hands with it and then jump into the unknown the fear is trying to keep you away from.
When you encounter a fear, your mind will always lay out a very typical formula: Fear = Pain (Mental, Physical, Spiritual). Fleeing from Fear=Fleeing from Pain.
However, if Fear=Illusion, then naturally, the Pain you believe you will suffer is also an Illusion.
Once you understand this, you can take the first step into accepting your fears, giving them a kick in the behind, screaming a few curses at them, and then arrogantly and stubbornly doing exactly what the fear tells you not to do or keeps you away from.
So, if you encounter or have problems with one of the fears I wrote above, feel free to try out this advice and get rid of them. That’s how I got passed my fears. That’s one thing I did to get rid of my writer’s block.
I wish you luck, and I hope that as time passes, you will learn to never again fear what you write!