Encouragement Pages-06/24/2022

“We tell stories to survive.” -Neil Gaiman

Pick up the things that scare you, the things that you are unsure about, the things which matter and are questions in your mind.

Your story may help you to survive, and inspire other people to survive.

Tell the story. It is needed and necessary.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

JUNE 2022: OWN YOUR FEARS

Here are the 10 things you need to consider when confronting your fears in order to navigate them (read: conquer them!):

1.) Be honest with yourself.

2.) Figure out what works for you and be open to changing that.

3.) If the fear is reoccurring, consider why this; writers have reoccurring fears for a reason. Find the reason.

4.) Fear comes from a place of not being in control. What do you think you don’t have control of?

5.) Now that the fear is identified, what will you do to own it (by doing so, you stop being paralyzed by it)?

6.) Are you willing to adapt to what is needed to be changed?

7.) What is /could stop you from adapting to these needed changes?

8.) What things have hindered you from owning these things before?

9.) Is the fear that you need to confront healthy or irrational (it makes a difference!)?

10.) When all else fails, repeat as necessary.

JUNE 2022: OWN YOUR FEARS

Writing is hard. Trying to write scared–is impossible.

Now, if most writers are honest, we all write scared! All of us! There is a risky element to this thing! You are taking something which only was relevant to you, existed only for you, and putting in the world. That is scary! But, the fear is much more complicated.

Much more complicated!

This why owning what scares you when you write, or before you write is imperative! With being able to identify these things, you can build needed confidence!

Confidence cancels out fear!

For me, my fears are rooted in certain topics, and my writing plans. I have a planner dedicated to writing, scheduling and all that good stuff! But, when I don’t adhere to that? My fear is that I will fall behind and can’t catch up. When I write about tough topics, or think that I am going to cross genres, my fear is that I believe I can’t do it. With that knowledge, I can put necessary supports in place!

Fear is normal: a writer not writing is not normal.

JUNE 2022: OWN YOUR FEARS

This month will be hard, it will be a little invasive, but it will be needed. -JBH

“The scariest part is right before you begin.” -Stephen King

Writing is hard. Full stop.

And for that difficulty, it can be hard in these three areas (the three C’s): courage, continuing, consistency. And if left unchecked, these C’s turn into the big F: FEAR.

And FEAR is something that writers have to realize exists, and still have to navigate! The fear of writing won’t go away, but we must learn how to manage that. It gets easier, I promise.

But it gets easier once you confront what it is that fuels or feed your fears. Let us examine those through the vehicle of the three C’s.

Courage. What thing stops you from writing as you want? What fear is stopping you from writing bravely?

Continuing. If you have drafts or projects that you haven’t finished, why is that? What is stopping you from completing what you start?

Consistency. Writers have to—write. Do you have a writing schedule or time set aside to write? If you don’t, why not?

And as you begin to answer these questions, think about your own internal processes, you will have to own what scares you. Once you do, writing will be easier.