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How to Overcome the Number One Writer’s Enemy

When you’re writing in your private closet it doesn’t matter what you write. But when you start to write for the world, fear kicks in.

Imagine what it would feel like being naked in front of a crowd. You’ll worry about what you look like: is my stomach too big? Are my breasts too small? Am I too skinny or too fat? You’ll try to hide yourself. But it’s hard to hide when the eyes of the crowd are on you.

It’s similar to writing when you decide to go public. You worry about your grammar. Do my sentences make sense? Are my punctuation marks in the right place? Is my writing good enough? What if my article gets rejected? And the list of fears goes on.

My biggest fear was that my writing wasn’t good enough. I looked at other writers’ posts and thought to myself, “There’s no way I can write as well as they do.”

Those words played over and over in my head, until it nearly made me give up my blog. I was lucky that I had friends who had more faith in my abilities than I did. They encouraged me. And I persevered.

Fear can cripple you as a writer, unless you do something to overcome it. These are some of the strategies you can use to knock fear on the head.