Fear holds us hostage. We sit down to write and end up wasting hours on Facebook. We blame ourselves for being lazy and inept. In worse case scenarios, we just give up and stop pursuing our writing dreams.
But while fear is part of the writing process–-don’t we all worry about writing well enough, having something to say, getting stomped on by naysayers?-–it doesn’t have to stop you.
Here are five ways you can keep writing, no matter how afraid you are.
1. Make a writing date with a friend. Call each other up, set the clock for 10, 20, or 30 minute increments, and just write like crazy.
2. Use the energy that comes from fear and channel it onto the page.
3. Create your book cover complete with endorsements from all your favorite writers. Whenever you waver, take it out and look at it.
4. Set bite-sized writing goals. Don’t think: I have to write a chapter; think: I have to write a sentence, a paragraph, a few paragraphs.
5. Show up for your writing consistently. Nothing banishes fear like regularly looking it in the face and saying, “I see you. But you’re not stopping me.”
What about you? How do you write through the fear?