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Three Fears Beginning Writers Must Avoid

In Writing Solutions on March 4, 2013 at 5:50 pm
Courtesy: Google Images

Courtesy: Google Images

Beginning writers are delicate creatures. Their eyes are especially alloyed with a certain curiosity to know what the other person thinks about their work. Beginning writers have these special set of eyes that always turn themselves towards the so-called critics or readers or commentators.

With a water canal directly linked with these specially equipped pair of eyes, they are capable to shed water unreluctantly on an acerbic remark by this very reader or critic or commentator they so eagerly looked forward to listening from.

They have special imaginary night vision goggles that they use occasionally to stare into the outer space in the darkness of their murky dens in the lonely times they spend waiting their muse. We should not misunderstand muse to be a woman. It is obvious and clear that the muse is their lost creativity. The phrase ‘lost creativity’ is not just an accidental adjective here. It has its own significance, because it indicates the beginners’ agony. Their agonies have a common hinge joint and that is the fear of ‘losing their creativity’. Even though, each time they succeed in undoing this terrible enslavement of fear the insecurities always return and the beginner feels that she has lost it all.

Oh, these Beginners!

If you feel you are the above mentioned category of species that I call a beginning writer, then you can focus on a few things in your life and change your fears into power sources.

Fear number one: what others might say. This fear is the worst one of all, because this form of fear utilizes a stealth strategy. It is hidden from our view and attacks us from behind, at an unexpected moment. Often this fear is disguised as an extremely normal and inevitable act—to see what others say about my work. It starts with a mere curiosity, a harmless small peep into someone else’s journal. Slowly, in steady but unignorable steps this curiosity grows into a habit and the habit clears space for the fear to hatch and multiply.

At this stage, the beginning writer is unable to put the pen on paper of fingers on keyboard, mostly due to the fact that he doesn’t know what his friend or critic or reader might think about what he is going to write. He had shown his work to some of them and expected good comments, but they all reverted with bad result, and he received brick backs. This warns him of failure in the future writing project too.

The solution is simple, here. What others say about you is none of your business—as Paulo Coelho puts it.

The second fear a beginning writer should identify and overcome is the fear of losing the edge. This is a constantly haunting spectre a beginner faces. A bad day at work or an exceptionally heavy work load would make her think she has just lost her knack in handling emergencies in producing creatively revealing and uplifting art in writing. This fear is a direct result of a comparison the beginner performs. She compares the amount of productivity, of course on a daily basis, in number of words or pages or articles produced, with the time available.

She inevitably ends up bringing negative results in this comparison, because as the time progresses such a beginner would often focus on quality of writing and the time spend on writing increases automatically with less ‘word count’. The reason why this is absolutely sure is that only a genuine, versatile writer feels such a fear and does such a comparison. It is after all, the urge to increase quality.

This means, it is their tendency to improve themselves that creates the lag in their production.

The third fear is the fear of looking at oneself and seeing the truth. You look in the mirror and see only the doubtful, insecure, still learning, miserable ‘beginner’. And this is surely troublesome. However, the solution is at hand as well. It is just a matter of setting the right kind of perspective for you. There are more to see in you that just the insecure beginner and only this realization can drive this fear out of your inner mind.

You already are whatever you want to be. Otherwise you never have wanted to be a writer. You are not a beginner any more.

There is no need for confusion here. It is this fear of being a beginner that nudged you into reading this article as well thinking that here you may find a solution to find the edge you always looked for.

The truth is, you already have that edge and your fears are the symptoms saying you do not identify your caliber properly.

Once you are at this part of the article, you may find that fear is just an outward expression of your knowledge or lack of it. Understanding fear is a great step in conquering it. But co-existing with fear is still greater because then you do not need to run away or try to understand it or hide from it or translate fear into some other this or that.

Courtesy: Google Images

Courtesy: Google Images

  1. I loved your writing. I am a fan, sir! Keep writing good works. I heard that you are publishing a book. Could you please elaborate on that?

    • My book is called Wall of Colours and Other Stories. It’s available in Thanks for your kind words. I checked your blog, it’s wonderful too. Keep writing.

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