A friend recently turned me onto this book and even though it’s been out for a number of years, it is still very current today, because we writers are always dealing with our fear of the blank page, not to mention publishers, editors and the marketing process. Mr. Keyes shows us how to not only face our fears, but how to put them to work for us.
Here are some bullet points he recommends to boost our courage:
- 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
I found this marvelous book at my local library so I’m assuming you can, too. It is jam-packed with so much good information about identifying and dealing with our writing anxieties. I highly recommend it!