Let me off you this bit of encouragement: you have already done the hardest thing. The hardest thing that you have done, or will do, for this endeavor is start.
You started! At this point, accept the nerves that will come with this. Accept that the map is not completely laid, the ideas will stutter, and there may even be some days that you think you cannot do this. With you not believing you can’t go on or write another word–when the fear and apprehension try to take hold–do this: breathe.
As hard as it is, I want you to breathe. I want you to remember the thoughts you want to write are yours; the story is yours; the space is yours; you are still in control! Bear in mind the words of James Baldwin: “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed unless it is faced.”
This is the fear you must face, and face down–this unknown. You must embrace this unsteadiness–it will pass. It will pass as you continue on. You can do it. Keep going.
Toni Morrison said that the book you want to read, you might just have to write.
It is with that motivation in mind, I tell you this: The fear of writing a book is normal.
I say it again: THE FEAR OF WRITING A BOOK IS NORMAL.
It is scary to put your thoughts in a place where not just you will be able to read them. It is completely valid to think you can’t, you won’t, you shouldn’t and you should abandon all thought of it! Let this month, be the hug you need to reassure–as well as the nudge forward to begin.
It’s always the scariest part right before you begin! That will never change–you just learn how to manage it!
So where are three things I want you to keep in mind which will minimize your anxiety, which will only fuel your apprehension:
1.) Recognize the fear is normal. You’re creating a new thing! That is nerve-racking! But it is normal.
2.) Realize that no book or story is written overnight. You do have time.
3.) Remember that you are in control of the story. How fast or how slow–you are the one that is flying the plane.