Kick Fear In The Butt And Write Like You Really Mean It: Becoming Fearless

I used to be nervous about putting my writing out in public. But I learned to become fearless about my writing. Good writing is a skill, but becoming fearless about it is an attitude. Becoming fearless isn’t always easy. It takes work! Today, I’ll teach you how to kick fear in the butt.

cliffs-185589_1280 Fearless Writing: Photo of a man at the top of a summit.

Every Writer Deals With It At Some Point

Fear.

Have you ever felt that your writing wouldn’t be accepted by others? Have you ever asked yourself these questions?

  • What if I’m not good enough?
  • What if people don’t like what I have to say?
  • What if people disagree with me?
  • Should I really hit the publish button?

My brief answers to these questions are: practice, so what, so what, and yes. You can learn to become a fearless writer. First, it helps to know the root of nearly every fear known to humankind. Read this:

Four Fears Are The Root To All Your Problems

Second, it helps to know that you’re not alone. Fear is something all writers struggle with. You can overcome your writing fears. I have a few suggestions and solutions for dealing with your writing fears.

Become A Fearless Writer

Too often we feel that we’re not good enough because we’re not being completely honest. We hedge in our writing. Don’t. Great writing is blatant. Don’t beat around the bush. Keep your writing simple. Get straight to the point. Don’t hold back. Write from the heart and don’t be sorry about it.

If you honestly believe your writing skills need work, practice. Write daily. Edit carefully. The key to great writing is to write. I know that statement seems redundant, but I want to say that again and then some:

The Key To Fearless Writing: Just Keep Writing

Got it?

If people don’t like what you have to say, it’s more likely their problem, not yours. That’s right. Have you ever noticed that when people disagree or are angry with you, that there’s little you can do to change their minds? Same deal here.

Don’t worry about whether people like what you have to say. Don’t worry if they disagree. There will always be naysayers. When you focus on the negative things, you’ll wind up cringing in fear. You’ll forget the purpose of your writing: your message. When you turn your focus to the message of your writing, you kick fear in the butt. Let me repeat that:

Focus On The Message And Kick Fear In The Butt

Got it?

Once you learn these simple truths, you’ll never fear hitting the publish button again. Confidence comes from practice. Confidence grows from honesty. Remember these things:

  • You have a unique voice.
  • You become a better writer each time you write.
  • If you’re being honest, it doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks.
  • There will always be people who disagree.

This is not to say that you shouldn’t pay close attention to the quality of your writing. You should. Here are my recommendations: Write simply. Write directly. Be honest. Edit. Edit. Edit. Hit the publish button.

Are You Ready To Be Fearless?

To help you along, I’d like to offer you a free 25-page PDF ebook. No email or sign up is required. Just click on the link below and it’s yours: 

Simple Instructions – How To Write Like It Really Matters.

If you’d like help with writing or blogging, I’ve opened up a few coaching sessions on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Check out my simple coaching packages

Contact me at danerickson@danerickson.net for more information.

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2 Comments

  1. I recently started a blog and needed a kick in the butt to do just what you said… not be afraid to write. I finally came to the realization that what I publish doesn’t have to be epic… I just need to write knowing that the more I write, the better I will get.

    Love what you said and happy I just found your website!

    Thanks!

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