We all have fears. They kill our enthusiasm, cripple us and make us do less than what we are designed to accomplish. What keeps you from doing more as an effective writer?
1. You are afraid your expertise will not be enough.
It’s a given fact that there are experts in every field. We all want to know what they do so we can inherit their success. How I wish I were like Thursday Bram already to be brave enough to write about writing. But I’m not. And I could not wait ’till I become like her before I start.
Every aspiring writer must be able to start somewhere and every path is different. Give yourself a chance because every big writer started from being a nobody. Why not take that big step forward? Work on your own potential. You need to trust your creativity and eventually you will become a trusted expert in your own field. Learn from the experts but do not look down on yourself and do not wait to become like them before you explore.
2. You are afraid you’ll commit a mistake.
It is a nightmare to write a post and later find out that you have just published an error for the entire world to see. I did this many times and felt like a fool. Yes, we strive to make every written copy perfect but failure is inevitable. Effective writers also fail.
If you want to succeed you must give it a try. Avoiding failure means avoiding success altogether. Learn from your mistakes but first allow yourself to make one. It’s one of the best ways you can sharpen your writing skills.
3. You are afraid you won’t be making sense.
Who isn’t? Stop waiting for everything to make sense before you write your post. I don’t mean to just post anything online. We all know we shouldn’t do that.
A fellow blogger advised not to spend an entire week writing one article. We need order and organization, but we should not fear a little bit of confusion from time to time. Brilliant ideas do not usually come right away perfectly lined up and neatly organized. Sometimes they come from pure chaos. Some things start to work great before we even figure out how.
4. You are afraid you will not be able to actually do it.
At the back of your mind you say you can do great but another part of you says otherwise. You are not alone. Not having adequate experience causes us to lose our confidence. But making sense of how things work is a process. You will gain more confidence as an effective writer once you keep going.
Trust that your ideas are on the course of being tried and tested just as anyone else’s. As you learn to figure things out, you will grow your confidence. If you fail, try what you haven’t tried yet. That’s the way it works. As pointed out already, every path to success is different, yours included.
5. You are afraid people pulling you down are actually right.
Ignore them. It’s your own fight. You don’t have to prove anything to anybody either. Just do your best. Useful critics are welcome, but be wary of those who are actually just pulling you down. This world has a shortage of encouragers while detractors are many.You simply need to give it a shot. Work not to disprove anybody and see where your creativity takes you. This will save you a lot of discouragements as you learn to write effectively.
6. You are afraid you don’t have all the facts.
One big temptation every writer faces is to study and research excessively on almost everything written about. Overwhelmed by all the information you have and yet to see? Act on what you know today. You don’t have to wait ‘till you know almost everything.
7. You are too afraid to get out of limits.
We usually put limits to ourselves according to what we have already experienced. But these limits are usually traps. What works today may not work anymore tomorrow. At the same time, what isn’t working today might just be the best way to do things tomorrow.
Put wings on your creativity especially when you are just starting. Your weirdest concept now may just be the most workable idea next week. Just give it a try. Unless you do that, you will not be able to give your best shot. Effective writers dare to spread their wings.
8. You are afraid you’ll forget to edit. That’s why you keep editing while you write.
We are trained to criticize since grade school. Remember the red ink on your grade school composition? Your teacher used to say, “Change your tense”, “Wrong punctuation”, “Next paragraph”.
If my memory serves me right, there was never a time in my language subject when we were allowed to just write freely, let our ideas flow and edit afterwards. It was always making sure that your next verb is with the same tense or plurality as your previous one. And you are to do it right the first time. Our minds are trained to edit first.
Too much editing wears down. It will take you a lot of time to finish writing just one sentence if you go on evaluating every single word and sentence you make. Have a separate time of free-flow writing and edit afterwards. It worked well in writing this article.
Think I just missed to edit something? Click on my comment box and share your mind. Also, what are some of your fears and how did you overcome them? Do you have any particular fear listed above?