The Fear… Duh, Duh, Duuuuuuh!

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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.

A Writer’s Block, yesterday.

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.

 

Michael

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