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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.
Let me tell you something. The hero is in you.
Fear is a doubt that has rooted. I need you to remember this, dear ones. You have enough in you, and you will have enough you have access to, in order for you to write.
Stephen King says that this type of writing, the kind of writing that looks hard, that feels harder, that whispers to you that all these letters and screen space is impossible–it isn’t.
Just like Captain America in the ice; like Han Solo in the Carbonite; just like T’Challa in Wakanda; Iron-Man with the Iron Gauntlet with all Infinity Stones; The Phoenix in the White Hot Room; Gamora as Requiem (Google it!) Captain Marvel in the outer terrain of space–the hero is accessible. But you have to find it. The paths, and pathways which you find this hero are as individual as the writers are.
Whom is the hero you ask?
The hero is inspiration. The hero is your discipline, your tenacity to find the work, the idea, the story through what seems to be a maniacal mess on the page. The hero is the time exerted. The hero is making a first draft from a through when you thought it all was trash.
The hero is the ability to create a work, in spite of the doubts.
The hero is the ability to work in the face of all things telling you otherwise.
The hero is you. Your talent. Your written, displayed, vulnerable bravery.
The hero is inside of you. Reach and get him–or her.
It’s a new week!
This is a chance to put all the ideas you have mulled over during the course of the weekend down on paper. It doesn’t have to be a novel or the stuff of Hemingway—but it does need to be yours. The ideas, the passion, the emotion needs to come from you.
The blank page is your true love: receptive, encouraging and waiting your every command. And always wanting more of you.
So, be brave.