I know fear every day.
I know it in the basic things- fear of the future, fear of taking up a responsibility, fear that I would never meet Kim Walker and Gretzinger and express my undying love. Name it.
But there’s a fear with writing!
Before I wrote this, I had to deal with it- the fear that all these words that I am stringing up will not make sense. The fear of criticism, the fear that my work is not good enough, the fear that I am not doing my best, all these are quite familiar to anyone.
I am certain that as a writer you experience this too.
Honestly, writing is hard enough-the doubt, the hesitation, the self evaluation? And then you also have to share your work to people you don’t know? Oh boy!
The big question is “how can we overcome this fear?”
Here are my few suggestions and I hope they help you.
For a long time I called myself a perfectionist, I justified my delay of work by giving excuses like
“I am still gathering information”
“I am still doing my research”
“I have not read enough”
I have learnt that this thing I called perfectionism was just a well masked procrastination habit.
See eh, get to it, do the job!
I was procrastinating because I was actually scared of having to face my work.
Does that happen to you?
You have to stop putting off the work.
“When last did you actually finish anything?”
Learn from criticism
I always cringe at the thought of someone going through my work and coming to reel out the number of things I did not get right.
Almost everyone fears criticism.
We almost dread it. It’s the reason a number of us do not step out to share our art because at the back of our minds lie the fear that people will not like our work and might say unkind things. That happens I agree but with criticism, you can actually learn.
Give yourself the patience to be an amateur. Understand that you probably suck at writing but you are going to do it anyway and despite the criticism, you will find persons that will cheer you on.
It is enough
Yes, I am talking to you. You have probably gone through that work a thousand times- you have edited and reedited, let it be. Share it already.
The perfection you are looking for does not exist. It will be foolhardy for you to think that you can produce a perfect work.
Submit it already and go to bed.
Set goals, targets and be intentional
This comes first on my list. I am a self motivated person; I get stirred to do a lot of things when I have given myself a target with a time limit.
Decide to write particular amount of words daily. Set a target of the number of articles you could publish in a month and promise to hit the mark.
With these suggestions, we could walk together to overcome fear.