I have labeled myself as an aspiring writer for the last few years and it dawned on me after reading, Sage Cohen’s article “10 Ways to Harness Fear & Fuel Your Writing” that, HELLO – I am a writer! Revelation here, good grief, I write a blog, gotten involved with social media i.e, Facebook and Twitter. I’ve even been published from my day job in clinical research. This isn’t rocket science, or is it? Why am I so hard-headed here?
Some feel it’s a matter of being published by a publishing company with marketing and agents etc… Certainly that is a goal, but most of us are publishing via the web to the masses and writing in our various forms and methods to get to that pentacle point of approaching publications by others in various methods. Essentially we are mastering our craft, our love (and sometimes hate) of writing and telling a story. Me, my goal is publication on my creative writing and learning more on various types of writing.
#7 of the article by Cohen says to ‘do what scares you because it scares you’.
This gave me pause for thought. It’s not about being reckless and doing something that would cause you harm. It’s about tackling that nasty inner critic that we all have. Whether it’s writing or sports, we all have doubts in our own abilities, it’s easier to believe the negative than the positive. So we have to tackle these challenges by forging ahead and seeing the positive. It’s that drive you have that keeps you going, and before long your gaining self-confidence. Your honing your skill set and working harder to achieve your goals. Your putting yourself out there and giving it a shot.
Are you doing what scares you? Are you putting yourself out there?
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