By Jennifer Blanchard
Fear, according to Dictionary.com, is: “a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined.”
Fear can be real OR imagined. When it comes to the things that procrastinating writers fear, it’s imagined.
In fact, someone once said FEAR stands for: False Expectations Appearing Real.
So why, if procrastinators’ fears are false, do they still hold them back?
Because procrastinators truly believe the fear is real.
Procrastinators fear many things, but there are 4 that really stand out as the main fears that feed all the rest:
Now you may have read the above and felt a little angered. You don’t procrastinate because you fear success (or failure or rejection or not being good enough)! You procrastinate because you “don’t have time to write” or because you “are so tired from working all day you just can’t write.”
I’m here to be a little in-your-face and say that those excuses (not having time, being too tired, etc) are just that–excuses. And behind those excuses is a little 4-letter word: Fear.
To better explain it, read this awesome Copyblogger post called, “The Nasty Four-Letter Word That Keeps You From Writing.”
The good news about all this is everyone has fear inside them; and there’s something you can do about it!
Over the next 4 Tuesdays, I’m going to bring you in-depth posts on fear–covering the 4 main things writers fears (mentioned above), and giving tips on how to write despite your fears.
For now, use the Copyblogger post as a way to begin gauging your fears. Next time you avoid writing, take a second to think about the real reason behind why you didn’t write–fear.
What are your writing fears? Which of the 4 main fears most stops you from getting your writing done?