Lately, I’ve been in this rut with my writing. Everything I write just flat-out sucks. Okay, maybe it isn’t that bad, but it’s not that good either. Or I sit down at the computer and I’m suddenly dumbfounded. I can’t write a descent sentence to save my life, my typing skills revert to that of a pre-schooler, and everything I’ve learned about the English language disappears from my brain. DOH!
But today, I ran across this video on Jess Witkin’s blog (she first saw it on Kait Nolan’s blog, so it’s kinda making its way around) and I completely identified with this adorable British guy, Charlie. Take a look
Charlie was spot on, wasn’t he? This video made me realize that I’m not alone in my fears. We all go through this sometimes. The challenge is learning to confront that fear, to find that little voice inside that says “I believe in me” and turn it from an occasional whisper to a daily mantra.
I think Charlie did just that by making this video. He faced his fear, spoke it aloud even, and put it out there. Now, instead of running away and doing nothing, he can move forward toward his goals.
A very dear friend of mine, CC MacKenzie, recently told me to “write with confidence and authority. And tell the story.” I think that’s been the best advice I’ve heard in a long time. So I wrote it on a sticky note and stuck it on my computer. That way when I sit down to write, I’ll see that note and read it. Hopefully this will help me face some of my fears.
What about you? What are some of your fears? What have you done to help you face them and move past them?