Book In A Year Series- Month 10: The Fear Of “Too Much”

You are a writer.


Stephen King said that the scariest part is right before you before you begin. In that space between thought and reality is the realization of what you want to write, you are going to have to write. What was then a thought–will then become real.

A reality on paper is still a reality, dear writer.

We often think too much of the people whom do not think enough of us to truly support the work we do, or will even read the stories we write. Yet, it is the weight of these opinions, these tracks that play in our heads, which will and do stymie us! They rob us of our joy. They convince us that no one will read our work, support us, and we are not allowed to dream out loud.

Today, right now–make this the last day by which you endure the non-support of those that claim to support you.

Today, right now–decide what you will do as it relates to your talent and time.

Today, right now–believe that you can. Since you can, you must.

This is not to say that you will never falter in the belief in yourself or as a writer! On the contrary, you must accept that these things will happen…and be okay with them. Once you realize that this is going to be something chronic–that you can both be aware of and control!–you can handle it. You can recognize how it happens, you can then learn how to ignore the tracks that play that try to seduce you away from what it is you want to do.

You are not too much.

You don’t have too much to say.

You have every right to say all that you need to.

Keep writing.

Book In A Year Series-Month 10: The Fear Of ‘Too Much’

What is one of the things that I have noticed in my writing career (as both a writer and coach), is this fear that writers have about (1) what they have to say, and (2) being brave enough to say it.

This fear leads to writer’s block, and what I affectionately call ‘The Yipps.’ This is the fear that you have when you know that you have to write, know what you have to write is important–but can’t! This normally happens when you have a project you want to start, but don’t believe that you have the ability to do it.

The fear of being judged, fear of not having your work read–or quite simply? Just believing that you can’t. It is this fear that snowballing into everything else related to your writing and to any future projects!

There is no way around this. There is only a way through it.

The fear is unreasonable, so you, too, must become unreasonable.

Subdue the fear–by writing anyway. Don’t be afraid of what it will say, get it out first. Then we can do back and fix everything else. This is what drafts are for.

So what will you choose to do: are you going to believe the fear or …believe your talent?

Note: An excerpt of the essay, Writing Through the Wall, will be ready on 11/6, and ready for download on 11/9.

Book In A Year Series-Month 10: The Fear Of ‘Too Much’

“Too much”:

noun. The idea that a writer cannot write about what they want for the fear of what people will think or say.

Is this a legitimate fear? Of course. But this is part of the process! In the words of Bishop T. D. Jakes, “You have to feel this fear (you have to acknowledge that it is there!) and do it anyway.” The book that you want to write is within you! The story you want to write is yours, and dependent on your own tenacity and talent!

The work that you create need to reflect exactly what you want to create and that cannot be tethered to the opinions of other people.

You are a writer–so write.

Your job is writing, the audience’s job is to read.

So…give them something to read.

Keep writing!