For when you get scared

Via Writing Our Way Home
on Nov 6, 2011
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Thorns... PAD #1070Writing can be a thorny business.

I’ve been doing it for many years now. I have four completed novels behind me, a book of poetry, a book of small stones, and a book of questions.

The blank page still scares the bejesus out of me.

I sit down to write my work-in-progress and think ‘what am I doing thinking I can write? of all the deluded (mumble mumble mumble)….’

I have avoided writing poems for almost a year now.

Maybe words will leap eagerly and willingly into your laps, but if you’re like the rest of the human race you might also have occasional doubting thoughts like this. Occasional, or almost-constant.

How can we continue when we’re convinced the whole project is pointless and that everything we ever write is utter rubbish?

By taking a pen and writing a single word. And then another.

Thank your doubts kindly for their input, and continue anyway.

Reassure your critic that you WILL allow them out, when you have written for half an hour and you want to start polishing what you’ve written, but not until then.

Write another word. Write another.

Writing can be a thorny business. But then so is life.

We are all in it together. We can encourage each other. We can take comfort in the knowledge that every single writer ever has had terrible doubts about what they’re doing. We can learn how to encourage ourselves, and get better at this as we go along. We can eat chocolate.

We’ll be JUST fine.


About Writing Our Way Home

Kaspa & Fiona’s eyes met across a crowded room in 2010. They decided to: a) get married & spend their rest of our lives together, & b) pool their passions & talents to give birth to Writing Our Way Home. Their mission of helping people to connect with the world through writing. They offer a smorgasbord of writing e-courses, & run a thriving community. Read more about their mindful writing practice, small stones, and meet Lorrie in Fiona’s free ebook. / Fiona is a published novelist, therapist, creativity coach, & is very fond of earl grey and home-made cake. Kaspa is a Buddhist priest, writer, therapist, drama enthusiast, & is still learning to play the ukulele.


2 Responses to “For when you get scared”

  1. catnip says:

    I am constantly scared! But in my “year of travels” I have learned to develop a practice of writing. If I can’t write something about my journey for my memoir, I write for my blog, or for elejournal or even just something random to stick in my notes folder. Thanks for the reminder to JUST DO IT; that’s what we need. Baby steps, right? Alexa M. (the biggest scaredy-cat in the world!)

  2. Fiona Robyn says:

    Baby steps, exactly. I'm a scaredy cat too, Alexa. All the best people are : )