The Fear… Duh, Duh, Duuuuuuh!
There’s an interesting article over on Alison Goodman’s blog about fear, self doubt and their role in writer’s block. And honestly, reading it made me feel really lucky.
I don’t tend to get writer’s block. I mean, I get stuck, I get frustrated, I hate myself, my writing and want to bite pens in half (I write on a battered old laptop, so why I hate pens in those situations I don’t know), but I don’t stop. And honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
The fear doesn’t stop me. If anything, it’s fuel, an urge to always do better, to prove to myself and readers “Look! I can do better! love me, LOVE ME!”. When I hear otehr writers, especially ones as well regarded as Alison, have it affect them in different ways puzzles me.
I suppose what I wanty to say here is use the fear. Stare it in the face, and when it’s attention is distracted steal its wallet. And also, I feel blessed to think this way.