It’s the stereotype as old as time; writers are never done.
As long as writers have been inventing literary tropes,
they’ve lived their own: a writer who can’t write.
Do these sound familiar?
5 Most Common Writing Fears
- I am the worst writer on Earth.
- No one will ever want to read about my (fill in the blank: high school years, marriage, trip to Italy, time on Wall Street, etc.).
- I’ve been writing for ages, but what if it’s not ready? How can I tell if it’s finished?
- What happens if I spend all this time writing just to have it rejected by publishers?
- What if it’s published, but no one reads my book/novel?
So, as an aspiring novelist, how do you get over the fears that drive procrastination, and go for it? Check out our time-tested tips for conquering your writing fears.
- Face your fears. Acknowledge your concerns, but choose a point to simply move on. Remember that you are NOT ALONE. As writers, we’ve all felt those emotions.
- Piece out your work. Break down your work into smaller goals that you can accomplish on a daily or weekly basis. Use an outline to help you organize your thoughts.
- Don’t edit while you write. Fear and doubt will plague you if you try to perfect as you write. Get out the guts and worry about the fine tuning later.
- Know when to stop editing. Many of us struggle with the beginning, but what if your fear motivates you to edit and re-edit? Get an outside perspective.
June 26-30, 2017
University of Wisconsin Pyle Center
The Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop and Retreat offers a five-day immersion in professional instruction for writers of all levels. For 19 years, it has helped attendees polish their work and find publishing success.
- Join writers from around the country in a friendly, creative atmosphere overlooking lovely Lake Mendota.
- Learn from experienced educators and authors.
- Choose from fourteen sections in fiction, nonfiction, freelancing, and poetry.
- Take your work to the next level in master classes and critiques.
Register by May 15 to receive the early-bird discount.