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Every writer’s most common 5 fears... and how to conquer them!

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

  1. I am the worst writer on Earth.
  2. 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.).
  3. I’ve been writing for ages, but what if it’s not ready? How can I tell if it’s finished?
  4. What happens if I spend all this time writing just to have it rejected by publishers?
  5. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop and Retreat

June 26-30, 2017

University of Wisconsin Pyle Center
Madison, Wisconsin

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.

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