Hi, guys. I literally can’t think of anything to do for this intro so I’m just going to see where this goes, because I’ve tried so many ways and nothing worked??
Anyway… *coughs violently*
So the other day I was thinking about all the things that hold me back from my writing. Maybe I don’t have enough practice editing. Maybe I need to finish another novel.
Or maybe… I’M JUST PLAIN SCARED.
It’s true!! I don’t need to just write *more* to be a better writer, I need to get rid of the fears that are holding me back. And, lol, there are tons.
To make writing life just a tad bit easier and more relatable, here are a few big writer fears, especially for us teen writers ❤
what if my parents don’t want me writing?
One of my fellow YDubbers is going through this right now and it’s been really hard for her. The two people who most influence her life right now are trying to pull her away from what she loves. Thankfully there are a ton of more experienced writers there who have helped her through it.
The advice they’ve given her is simple, but hard.
- Talk through it with your parents. Why do they not want you writing? Is there something you could do that would make them more comfortable with you writing?
- Spend less time on the computer. This turns out the problem a lot of the time.
- Most of all, be respectful to their final decisions. They are still your parents.
- Remember that you don’t have to give up writing forever.
what if my writing isn’t good enough?
Guess what, your writing will never be good enough. And neither will mine. And neither will Susanne Collins or Jenny L. Cote or Gail Carson Levine (I love all of you and mean the best ❤ ). Take it from Hannah Montana, yall. Nobody’s perfect.
Except for Jay Walker.
what if I never finish this novel?
My advice: don’t worry about whether or not you’re going to finish your WIP. Worry about what you’re going to write today. Do that again tomorrow, then the day after, then the day after, all the way up until the day you finish. It could take a month, it could take a couple weeks, but that’s ok.
“80% of writing is showing up.” – Somebody, somewhere, at some time.
what if I can’t provide for my future family?
If you’re asking this, I’m actually super proud. You understand that, in most cases, writing won’t make you a full income. That’s true.
Writing is not a job that you have to clock in and out of. It’s flexible. So if you really need an extra source of pay, a part-time (or even full-time) job isn’t going to hurt you, financially or mentally.
I mean, unless you have an awful job or something.
I’m just sayin’.
what if _______ doesn’t like my writing?
This can be anybody. Your parents, your editor, even a critic whose job is to point out mistakes. If being rejected by someone for writing is one of your biggest writing fears, think about who you’re writing for. I always say that writing should be God first, you second, and everyone else after that.
what if I forget to save my novel, or accidentally delete it?
Ok, maybe I lied in the title of this post, because here’s one that you should be scared of. Accidently not saving (or worse, DELETING) your novel is horrifying. All that hard work… All those beautiful words… GONE in an instant.
*deep breaths* I started having heart palpitations just writing that. Not good.
But, like the faithful blogger I am, I have a few Tips™ on how to lessen these fears!
- Save constantly. Put a sticky note on the screen if you need to. Just save.
- If you for some reason can’t save constantly, try Google Docs. It saves literally every time you stop typing.
- Make sure you know where the Doc would go if it ever was deleted. Windows has a Recycle Bin application where recently deleted things pile up.
- Have a backup document and update it every week.
what if my book sounds like this other book?
We were having this problem with one of the books I’m alpha reading. There is a strong connection from the author’s WIP to a widely-known book series. In the beginning, I doubted that there would be much differences between the new novel and the series. But, as the story goes along, it is developing its own tone. The similarities between the series and novel are still there, but the story is becoming a totally new version of its popular counterpart.
If your story sounds like someone else’s, try not to think about it. Just write where your story is taking itself. You can always change it later if you want.
Phew!! This post gives me the creeps but it takes them away at the same time…? I don’t know how that’s possible but let’s just go with it!
Guys, just a heads-up, if you really have fears about writing and it’s giving you anxiety, go find someone to talk to about it. Talking things out with a friend or parent always helps you feel a little better ❤
And I’m always here if you need me. We’re all writers. We’re in it together.
Ok, you’ve got to have some kind of fear about writing or even blogging! Mine is that I’ll never be good enough to be published off of my own site, but I’m learning to let go of that. Identify your fears and think of ways to get past them!
And, as always, tell me about it 😉