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.
Every Writer Deals With It At Some Point
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:
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
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
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?
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