Pulling Up The Weeds: Get Rid Of Fear With These Steps.

FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real.

This acronym is something which I think applies to writers. Moreover, this acronym can be constructed this way as well.

FEAR: False Energy Against Reality.

For writers, with writing, FEAR in both forms are eventual enemies of any creative person. However, there are three ways to combat these.

1.) Writing schedule. There is a portion of work, of writing work, which is demanding. It is rigorous. It is disciplined. When the Grand Dame Octavia Butler said, sometimes as a writer, you would rather clean toilets than write (this is true, but I digress). But having a set time, a schedule, will help you organize your thoughts and help you through the tough times of your works in progress.

*Note: I know life is hard, and scheduled time to write can be a dream. But you, as the writer, you have to make time. Even if it’s ten minutes a day. Or for that week. At least write the idea down, don’t lose it!

YOU MAY NOT GET IT BACK!

2.) Frequent reading. Writers are readers. It is in the pace and peace of reading that can prepare you to write. Or to continue to write. Reading allows the mind freedom to wander, to know, to question. Reading gives connections, fuels imagination and allows growth and space to write–in another voice, vantage point or genre.

If you can’t write, read.

3.) Step away from the work when needed. Sometimes the writing is hard. Sometimes the words don’t come, or come as you want. But what I want you to know if that if you need to walk away from the work, you can. You should. Sometimes, the best thing to do is to take a break and regroup!

The regrouping can be a quick as a walk outside, a drive around your block or a binging on your streaming service of choice. Having your mind occupying another space or place, can relax you–even help you to examine what hang up you have about what you’re working on. Never dismiss the rest you need as a writer. It doesn’t deter from your talent to rest.

Writing is like traveling through a forest. There is a trail, and you must find it. The great thing is, the comforting thing is, as a writer you can make one. Or another. You are never trapped.

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