What scares you about that you’re writing? What is the most intriguing thing about what you are creating? What about your work calls to you?
What is this call you ask?
The call is the incessant thinking about what it is you are creating. The call will dictate how the story/story idea will be shaped–through the force of your will of course. Chase that.
Chase the things that draw you in about the story. Chase the characters and their development, settings, horror, plots and all of their twists! But chase them. You never know what you may come across. But if you never chase–if you never hear the call–how much story will you miss?
That fear of not adding what is needed to a story, to draw your reader in, this is devastating. The nature of the beast of writing demands you pay attention to what you are creating.
There is a rhyme and reason to creativity; this thrusting of magic and letters and colors to make the world better.
Not everyone can do it!
There are people in the world that desire such creativity, and are devoid of it. They copy it, and never have one original thought. But you, dear one? You, my fellow oracles/writers/storytellers, there are worlds inside of you.
The doubts are to be acknowledged and released–never held or kept. If they are kept, they become weights and anchors.
The scary part will ever be not even the part where you decide to begin, as Stephen King advises. It will be where you decide you have an idea you want to explore. When you decide you want to take a daydream, a random thought, and stretch it to a reading reality.
I want you to know picking an idea is scarier than actually writing about it.
I want you to think about your current work in progress. I want you to think about what would happen if you took the limits off your own talent. I want you to think about what your work would become if you allowed yourself to write like no one was looking.
It’s never going to be an optimum time to start writing. Time won’t ever (or consistently) be perfect. The specter of doubt will always hover around you, threatening to attempt to choke the life out of you.
However, there is a way to combat this!
You push forward.
Doubt and creativity are diametrically opposed: they are powerful forces. They both require energy and power. Creativity requires faith. Doubt requires fear.