Writer’s Block = Fear?

Sharing an interesting article with you, in case you didn’t see it. 

In the article, fear of not meeting expectations (internal OR external) is discussed as the number one reason for writer’s block.

I see this, often, with my Legacy Writing students: the fear of not being “literary” enough, the fear that they won’t have anything interesting to say, the fear of revealing too much or not enough…these are all common reasons that would-be Legacy Writers don’t ever quite get around to actually writing anything about their lives. Often, once they get started and begin to see some positive fruits of their labors, they find the “writer’s block” excuse (“I don’t know what to write!”) begins to fade and they are confronted with a much different problem: I have too many choices of things to write and I’m not sure which to choose!

Of course, fear of not living up to expectations is a biggie for fiction writers, too. I feel it every time I walk into Barnes and Nobel and am confronted with two hundred books that are brand new since the last time I walked into the store. What on earth do I have to say that hasn’t already been said? And by someone smarter, funnier, and more well-read than me?

No matter the genre, we have to beat those fears back with a stick and find ways to just focus on the writing. I have to write. I know that. So, even if it’s just for me, then I have to keep moving forward. 

Writer’s Block = Fear?
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  • Eric, I did not realize that you had published a guidebook on Legacy Writing. Congratulations, and forgive my belated response. I hope your sales are doing well.

    • Oh, you know, it was a “gee, why not put some of this down into words” moment I had after teaching the same material several times. Nothing ground-breaking, for sure. Just an aide and guide. But thanks for noticing. 🙂

  • Eric, thanks for the thoughtful post on fear. I just attended a conference in early March where this topic was discussed, and I began to realize that when it comes to “writer’s block” my thoughts are my own worst enemy! Writing is for me like breathing. Without it each day, I’d be empty. No matter if I’m the only who ever sees those words, I have to write! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • You’re welcome x 3. (I would write each one out, but I know I would inevitably miss one apostrophe or another and become an internet pariah.)