Well, it’s Halloween again and scary things are heading your way.
But do you really need to open the door to find scary things that instill fear?
No, not me. All I have to do is walk over to my desk.
Because, if you’re a writer, you live with fear. At least I do. Fear of failure, and fear of success. Yep, that’s right. Sitting down at the keyboard is a whole other kind of fear.
Is it really fear of writing or is it fear of failure?
Do you suffer from Graphophobia, Scriptophobia, Achievemephobia, Atychiphobia or some other phobia?
Oh yeah, there is a phobia for everything.
Scriptophobia, fear of writing (in public, class, etc.). I believe a writer can feel this fear because we are expecting someone, someday to read what we’ve written. ie… public.
Graphophobia, fear of handwriting. Okay, this one is a stretch for writers. But, hey you never know, so I threw it in for good measure.
Achievemephobia, fear of success. Hmm, yeah sometimes this does bother me. How would my life change if I wrote a bestselling book? I’m not a big people person, preferring the quiet of my home to a convention floor.
But first I, and maybe you must get over the biggest fear.
Achievemephobia, the fear of failure. If there is a writer anywhere in the world that hasn’t felt a fear of failure at one point in their life, I’d love to meet them.
So, according to Mark Twain, it’s okay to be afraid but not okay to let fear stop us.
Doesn’t matter what you call it, we can overcome any fear including finishing that manuscript.
How? One word at a time.
What fear keeps you from writing?
What fear stops you from succeeding?
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