- Read about successful writers, paying attention to their fears and how they dealt with them.
- Take a writing course or two.
- Attend an occasional writers' conference.
- Join a serious writers' group.
- Develop anxiety-easing rituals, no matter how eccentric.
- Devise fear-taming work techniques, no matter how gimmicky.
- Write at times of day when you're most productive and least anxious.
- Identify your censor in chief and mentally rehearse how to deal with that person.
- Get to know yourself well enough not to be too terrified by what escapes from within onto the page.
- Convert fear into excitement.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Courage Boosters for Writers
Since today is Friday, and it's been such a busy and exhausting week for me, my post today is a list of courage boosters--always a good way to end a week--for writers from The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend Fear by Ralph Keyes. They are as follows: