Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Insecure Writer's Support Group: Fear of the Unfinished
Alex J. Cavanaugh, in his usual encouraging way, has blessed the blog-world with the Insecure Writer's Support group. To find out more check out his Insecure Writers Support Group main page, and his first post Insecure Writers Support Group Post and Tips
My post today is based on one of my biggest fears, and the best way I've found to fight it.
FEAR OF THE UNFINISHED WORK! It just doesn't have the same ring to it as "Shark Survivor 3" but the reality is I find the thought that I might not finish my novel to be far more frightening than any horror movie. I've had other projects that haven't been finished, so I have a foundation of failure that builds up this particular fear.
I know I'm supposed to view those past novel projects as learning step stones. I feel more like they are ugly skeletons that threaten to pour out of my closet in the dark of the night when I wonder if I will ever finish the revision of my current WIP.
So there, I admitted it, my biggest fear. So now what? How do I keep from panicking?
1. I sit down and write. Every Day. Just write.
2. I pray.
3. I visit other writers' blogs, and find encouragement.
4. I read the first novels of other writers, and find encouragement in knowing that they've been where I am now, and they made it.
5. Then I teach writing to my kids, and to kids at our homeschool co-operative.
6. Then I write, and pray.
7. And write.
What's your biggest writing fear, and how do you overcome it?
"For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord. How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you?" 1 Thessalonians 3:9-10