Would you believe that many successful authorneers started off being afraid to write their first book? If that is you, I think you’ll enjoy guest author Shani Godwin’s article below.
Overcoming the Fear of Writing:
Confidence Building Strategies for Women that Work
By Shani Godwin, Chief Executive Officer Audible Voices, LLC + Host of the UNSTUCK Writers’ Retreat
Women are known for having the gift of imagination and creativity. That’s why it’s no surprise that many of them aspire to channel some of this creativity into writing, blogging or even book writing. However, aspiring to write and actually doing it are two different things. That’s why some may find themselves with an idea that’s trapped in their head, that they can’t quite seem to get actually written down on paper.
Well, they’re not alone. As a skill, writing takes a tremendous amount of courage, self-discipline, and vulnerability. For many, making the shift from being an aspiring writer to a becoming a published author or blogger can be wrought with lots of uncertainty.
In fact, it’s more common for people to abandon their writing goals in pursuit of more simple life plans than it is for people to dig deep within and push past the self-limiting beliefs that drown out possibility.
“Am I truly good enough to write? Will anyone want to hear what I have to say? What if my work gets rejected?” Undoubtedly, every writer has grappled with fear and lack of confidence at one point or another.
However, if you want to become a strong content creator, in time, you will have to finally stare down your fear and take a deep dive into your passion, believing your message and what you have to share will be worth it. After all, as Louis L’Amour states, “The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
So if fate has brought you here and this sounds like your true life story then here are three simple confidence-boosting strategies you can use to push past your fear so that you can arrive safely on the other side of your writing dreams.
#1 Commit to a Consistent Writing Regimen
Writing is like any other discipline. It takes practice and commitment. It’s a muscle that you must repeatedly exercise in order for your confidence to grow. You can’t just talk about becoming a writer. After all, an idea without a real plan is simply a wish.
If you want to be a writer, the biggest thing you can do is acknowledge your anxiety and work to overcome it by leaning into the very thing you’re afraid of. Put simply, in order to become a writer, you must write.
So this week focus on just getting something down on paper. Don’t make it hard. Simply move whatever is in your head out of our mind onto paper and get started writing something.
#2 Join a Writing Community
American entrepreneur Jim Rohn said it best. “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time around.” So I ask you, what would your life look like if you were intentional about surrounding yourself with a community of like-minded writers, bloggers, poets, and published authors?
A community of writers is more likely to affirm your writing goals and help provide you with the resources needed to put action behind them. Moreover, having a community of supportive peers will not only encourage you to write but will keep you accountable and give you positive feedback and constructive criticism helping you evolve and grow.
In a strong writing community, you’ll see others accomplish the very things you are dreaming about and you’ll conquer your doubts and fears. In time, you will see your writing career uplevel and before you know it you will be living your dream.
#3 Find A Writing Coach
Did you know there are awesome coaches out there that are ready, willing and able to help guide you through the process of writing your first book or launching your first blog?
If your time is limited and fear is blocking you because you simply don’t know how to get started, then hiring a writing coach may be the perfect solution for you. Not only will a good writing coach help you push past your anxiety, but they’ll also provide you immediate feedback on your writing and guide you step-by-step through the process of writing and publishing your first book.
When it’s all said and done, I’m sure you’ll find like I did that the FEAR monster that’s been hanging out in your head is just that … a big bad bully who has been blocking your blessings all along.
Still feeling stuck? Shani’s Invitation
Then join our community of aspiring writers and published authors by visiting us on our website at unstuckwritersretreat.com.
Our second annual UNSTUCK Writers’ Retreat is coming up this October 4-6 at the beautiful Inn at Serenbe located right outside of Atlanta, GA, and we’d love to help make your dreams of becoming a writer a reality.
About the Author
Shani Godwin, is a successful business owner and avid writer who founded her second company, Audible Voices, LLC, in 2016 as an outlet for inspired writing, expressions and soul-soothing. Audible Voices is a creative publishing company committed to inspiring audiences to “find their voices” and “speak their truth,” and the company’s services include live web training, personal coaching, book publishing, blogging, and hosting an annual writing retreat called UNSTUCK.