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Writing is hard enough with all the self-evaluation and doubt about your abilities. But then sharing your work with other people so they can critique or review it? CRINGE.

When you sink into that fear it debilitates you. If you let fear hold you back, you’re ensuring you never achieve your goals. You’ll never write that book and you’ll never get published. All because you were too scared.

Ways to Overcome Your Fear of Writing

It’s time to stop letting fear control you and get writing. Here’s how:

  1. Do what scares you: When you’re up against something that makes you cringe, ask yourself what the worst-case scenario is. Is it actually seriously harmful? Unless it’s something like jumping from a bridge into a rocky river or stepping in front of a speeding vehicle, it’s probably not. Fear is trying to keep you safe. It needs to learn that just because something is scary doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s detrimental to your health. Do what scares you, and keep doing it, and the fear will subside.
  2. Stop procrastinating: Your house is already clean enough. That TV show can wait. No, you don’t need to run to the store to pick up a bag of chips. Figure out when the best time for you to write is and then write.If you really, truly need a break to clear your mind, set a time limit. Ten minutes of scrubbing the grout with a toothbrush and then get back to your writing.

Need extra motivation? Have you checked out Scriptophobia? It’s the best way to stop letting fear of writing control you and get that book done. My book ‘Scriptophobia’ is a self-help that teaches you how mental exorcism that can expel fears that writing may unleash. Click here to get a copy.

What scares you most about writing and/or the business side of writing? What are some steps you can take to overcome that fear? Let me know by leaving a comment in the comment box below.

Jaachi Anyatonwu
Jaachi Anyatonwu is a poet, editor, and publisher living in the suburbs of Aba. He is the author of numerous poetry chapbooks and collections, and the Editor-In-Chief of Poemify Publishers Inc. Jaachi is passionate about discovering new voices and mentoring emerging poets. He is also a fierce advocate for the boy child and sexually molested.

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