Five Strategies for Writing through the Fear

by admin on February 19, 2013

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?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Carolyn Hughes February 24, 2013 at 2:48 am

Thank you for your tips and the reminder not to let the fear beat us. I’ve had a post that I’ve been avoiding because of the fear it’s not going to be good enough even though I know that’s just my fear talking and not the reality. This is just the prompt I needed. Thank you!


admin February 24, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Thanks for responding Carolyn. I love to read your blog posts, so I’m delighted that you’re not going to let fear stop you writing the one “you’ve been avoiding.” Perhaps you’ll post a link to it here, so others can read it an celebrate your “writing through the fear.”


barbara February 24, 2013 at 2:53 am

Great tips thanks Mary – I know how often I procrastinate whilst listening to that ‘voice’ telling me I cant do this, im not good enough, blah blah blah!! so your tips have come at just the right time to give me the push I needed to keep going through the fear! Thanks and blessings x


admin February 24, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Oh yup, the blah, blah, blahs. Aren’t they just so dreary and debilitating. Time to turn the sound track to a different station. You can do it!


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