Fear of Failure

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Here’s the latest in a series of writer’s meditations, battling those universal struggles we all face from time to time. I invite you to find a comfortable spot where you can breathe, and invoke these words at the beginning of your next writing session.

Fear of Failure

It is a pleasure to be with you on your writing journey, sitting alongside you, whispering words which are of great power to you.

Breathe in… breathe out.

As your writing process evolves, there may be days when you question your ability to find the right words, to evoke images on the page which you saw so clearly in your mind, or even to come up with a story you feel is worth telling.

Breathe in… breathe out.

You may be bombarded with worry that your next work will not be as good as your previous writing, or that you will be a disappointment to your fans, and to yourself.

Breathe in… breathe out.

You may even worry that the muse has left you completely. You may wonder if the font of creativity has been used up, dried out, and you’ll never have a good idea again.

Breathe in… breathe out.

These fears stymie you and block the goal you truly seek. They prevent you from rejoicing in the “flow state” of writing. They keep you from bringing first draft ideas to the written page, so that those raw scenes can later emerge into powerful fully formed chapters.

Breathe in… breathe out.

When you put unnecessary pressure on yourself to compose finished-draft quality on your first drafts, fear and doubt surround you. It’s perfectly understandable that you might wonder if you’ve lost the magic, or if you ever even had it to begin with.

Breathe in… breathe out.

As you begin to shift your feelings about the process of writing from those of fear and doubt to eagerness and fun, your creativity will return. Your resistance and blocks will fall away. Words flow freely onto your pages.

Breathe in… breathe out.

There will be a time for editing later, but during this allowing time it is not important to worry about such things as “deep meaning” or “blockbuster writing.” When you begin to let go of worry and anxiety about writing something “extraordinary,” immediate improvement will appear.

Breathe in… breathe out.

With each hearing of these words, you will breathe out more resistance, and your writing will improve. Your words have power, and your readers need to hear them.

Breathe in… breathe out.

It is not necessary for every page to be a masterpiece. It is only important to allow your creativity to flow. No one else has to read these drafts. When you can allow yourself to write only for you, to express the actions and interactions and emotions that have filled your world, without judging what you’ve written in that moment, and without judging what you haven’t yet written…. Then the words will continue to flow.

Breathe in… breathe out…

Now, with far less effort than you have believed possible, words will once again fill your pages. Ideas will spring to mind, and instead of anxiety or worry that you might fail, you embrace these ideas and allow them to more fully form. You anticipate your next writing session with excitement.

Breathe in… breathe out…

Your fears and doubt do not need to control you. Instead, allow yourself to remember the joy of pure uninhibited creation. Open yourself to a beginner’s mindset, embracing each idea as a fresh start. As you write for the next few minutes, open your mind and your heart to allow this creativity to flow. This is your time, and this is your story. Write with joy…

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