How to Beat Your Creative Fears

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Fear sucks, but it’s part of the creative process.

Sooner or later in your writing career you will come up against it. It can stop you in your tracks and make you lose out on some great opportunities. It can also ruin your book by making it less likely to shine.

The only way to beat the fear is to take action.

If you find yourself impeded by fear one of the best ways to get around it is to write about it.

  • Use journaling as a tool to write about your fear, don’t hold anything back, write it all out. Facing the ugliness of your fears about writing by journaling about them will calm you down.
  • It will minimize the anxiety that you’re feeling about whatever creative task has got you so freaked out.
  • It will clear your mind and inspire you to find solutions to your fears which is better then having them dictate what you can or can’t accomplish.
  • Write about how your fear debilitates you, what it stops you from achieving.
  • Note the positives of your fears too. Whatever you do be sure to be honest with yourself, what is it about the fear that seems to be serving you emotionally or otherwise.

Writing about your fears will give you a good perspective on the pros and cons of keeping that fear alive, which will also lead you to some solutions. It can give you the courage to move beyond your fears to accomplish your creative tasks using the full range of your abilities. Don’t let fear stop you from being the best that you can be!

 What do you do when fear butts into your creative process?


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5 thoughts on “How to Beat Your Creative Fears”

  1. “be honest with yourself” – I need to hear. All too often, I’m not honest with myself. I know where I want to be (ie. not succumbing to fears, in this case) and I sort of start to believe I’m already there, even if I’m not. Am I making sense? Anyways… thanks for this post, Michelle. 🙂

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