Writing Getting Over the Fear

Writing getting over the fear – that is most people’s problem when they start a blog or even contemplate starting a blog.

My Own Experience of Writing Getting Over the Fear

I myself am not a good writer by many standards, just past English at school and in my first job my minutes of meetings were described as “Terse”.

Important point is it never stop me!

I just keep putting pen to paper as they say and produce content, some good, some bad and alot where the grammar sucks!

 

To give you some inspiration regardless if you are new to blogging or a seasoned pro.

I’m not a writer

This is the first problem new bloggers confront themselves with.  Here is quote form Ernest Hemingway

It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write.

Let them think you were born that way

Next on the list is:

I Haven’t Written Since College or School

Again to give you some inspiration that school or college is not a requirement to be a good writer!  here is a quote from Flannery O’Connor

Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher

The next one I hear all the time regardless of if it has to do with writing or not.

I’m not good enough

Here is a quote from Neil Gaiman. easy eh? (click to tweet)

This is how you do it: You sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy, and that hard

Writing takes me forever

Writing Getting Over the FearDoes writing take you forever? Or do you just need inspiration?  Here is some great advice from Stephen King (click to tweet)

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all

others: Read a lot and write a lot.

The next one is a classic

I don’t have anything to say

You have value in being you!  Just be open, be you and put your thoughts to paper, or computer which ever is easiest!  Love this quote from J.D. Salinger

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.

I always get writers block

This is a hard one, but you don’t have to start with the novel.  Start with a few quotes, some ideas, even the basis of a story line?  Speaking of quotes, here is another Stephen King one for you. (click to tweet)

The scariest moment is always just before you start.

Words are hard for me

Me too, just start writing something anything.  It gets you started, after all you can always come back and change them, delete them or start over.  Even easier with a computer.  To some this up I will let William Faulkner speak

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.

 Over To You

This post on Writing Getting Over the Fear was inspired by something I read on Hubspot.  If you struggle with your blog, go read a few articles throw some quotes together and see what comes of it!

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20 Replies to “Writing Getting Over the Fear”

  1. Hi Andy,
    What a great topic … I hated “writing” in school, in college, and I think since I’ve been online I’ve learned how to write better! I appreciate writing and actually learn from it. There’s a famous quote by Kipling – I think and it’s this.. “Writing is mankind,s most powerful drug …” I love this because the right use of words can sway or repel a reader emotionally. So, if you’re willing to look a writing a different way, from a headache to something that can generate interest in readers.. then it’s no longer a challenge…

  2. Hi Andy, Great post. Like, Lesly, I also wish now that I had paid more attention to school but that is past and gone now. I love learning now.

    Writing is sometimes another one of those things that we have to learn to “step out of our normal” routine to do. You may be surprised at your progress once you start.

    I don’t really think there is anything such as “writer’s block.” I think it’s because we have too much information running around in our heads and the block is getting it out. I always, always recommend free writing and get everything out on paper or computer and you will be amazed of how much clearer you think and you may even have a story started in all of those random words.

  3. Hi Andy,

    I was never much of a writer in school. Guess it was because of too many rules lol. But when I started blogging, I couldn’t write enough.

    I don’t get writers block because I have too many ideas. But what I do is write them down. Even just a sentence. I put them on my Evernote. So when it comes time to write my next blog post, I can pick and choose a topic.

    -Donna

  4. Hi Andy,
    Great topic, it took me very long time to get started…
    It was a huge step out of my comfort zone, as English is not my first language
    but at the end of the day you get over it. In a copywriting course that I took just a few months ago
    I learned that you should write like you speak, be yourself and just let it out, right from your heart …
    Thank you for sharing
    Emi

  5. Nice article, Andy.

    Writers block is an issue for non-writers especially. As you point out, though, many bloggers are not professional writers and don’t really know how to go about it.

    Doing research to “grease the wheels” is a great way to move forward, as you point out. Also, bloggers should consider doing things other than writing. Images, video, podcasting and other methods will make writing less of a burden, and more of a segway into non-verbal elements of your blog.

  6. Every year at NaNoWriMo time, participants are told to go the route of rapidwriting or stream of consciousness writing. I’d never even heard of it before the first year I participated (2005). It was foreign to me… the kind of writing I usually do is about everyday happenings and how they affect me or others. But sometimes that’s the only way to go, unless I have a good idea of what I want to write about, ahead of time. That blank screen can be pretty daunting. When I just go ahead and start writing anything that comes to mind, the screen isn’t blank any more, and before I know it, I’ve written something that isn’t half bad, and doesn’t take a lot of editing to make it presentable.

  7. Hi Andy,

    I had almost all of those writing fears when I started my blog. Thankfully I have an awesome business coach that pushed me to just do it. It was the best business advise I received.

    Thanks,

    Lillian

  8. Hi Andy,

    Great post! I definitely had writing fears when I started my blog and still second guess myself. But I know “practice makes perfect” so I’ll keep moving on!

    Thanks for sharing great advice from great writers 🙂

    Best,
    Monisha

  9. Hi Andy,

    This was such a good post, I had to read it again and make another comment. I know I have so many sentences and thoughts written down, I could probably write a short book or who knows, even a big book from them.

    Like you said, the point is to just “DO IT” and don’t let anyone deter you from it.

    1. Monna

      You are way my experienced in this field that I am. Thanks for your kind words. It is just about helping people get over that hump and just DO IT. Like everything in will never be perfect but having content out there is important.

      Andy

  10. Andy,

    I said all of these excuses to myself when I started blogging. I have to say, the more I read it became easier to find my own voice and style. I find that when I just sit and let the words flow, the blog and message come across.

    Thanks for the share….

  11. Hi Andy, Great post. You’ve done superbly on this. There are some really get quotes here, and you’ve handled all the objections so well. Now, we just have to do it.

  12. Hi, thanks for sharing a very interesting and informative post. Writing is a passion and the only hard part is the starting point , but once you’re in it, you can’t believe the wonders it can do for yourself, it will become a part of your life. 🙂

  13. Thank you for sharing. We all have same fear until we get going on writing. Handle those inner voice will make a difference for everyone who wants to write. Often we ask ourself what I am going to write about? The truth is getting started with a topic close to your heart the rest is history. Funny how that happen.

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