from the yellow sofa
By: Carl Nickles
To make a any change in your life, no matter how small, you need key ingredients - Desire, belief, planning, discipline and progress. They are all interconnected and they can all be destroyed by fear. Fear can alter your belief in yourself and it can kill desire preventing it from growing into passion. Fear can sabotage your plan which prevents you from being disciplined. Without discipline and consistency, progress is nearly impossible to attain.
How do we eliminate or manage fear, particularly when it comes to writing? A suggestion I read in Brenda Ueland’s book called “If You Want To Write” reads “I’ve found that many gifted people are so afraid of writing a poor story that they cannot summon the nerve to write a single sentence for months. The thing to say to such people is: ‘See how bad a story you can write. See how dull you can be. Go ahead. That would be fun and interesting. I will give you ten dollars if you can write something thoroughly dull from beginning to end!’ And of course no one can.”
If your desire is to write, then make the plan to write often (daily) and believe that you can do it. Show up and watch yourself improve. Write freely, fearlessly, and even horribly. Above all, shed light on your fears and kill them before they derail you. It won’t always be easy or “fun”, but great change rarely is. I’ll let you know how it goes. What are some ideas and methods you use to get past the fear of writing? Let me know in the comments.
From the movie After Earth:
“Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity. Do not misunderstand me danger is very real but fear is a choice.” - Will Smith