Before I started to write I was scared witless, I’ve always wanted to become a writer but I had so many negatives thoughts running through my head, it was relentless.
Who do you think you are? That you can become a writer?
People will hate your writing!
Why would people want to read what you have to say!
What’s so special about your writing anyway!
So many self defeating thoughts were running through my head! I was so scared that I was in a state of paralysis and I turned my attention to other things. But the desire was still in me and wanted to write so much. I thought to myself what is the worst that can happen? People may not like what I write? So what! The fact is that some people will like your writing and some people won’t, period. The reality is that not everyone will resonate with your writing and what you write about.
You have to really dig deep and ask yourself the question “why you want to become a writer?” and “why you want to write?”. I went through a long period of self introspection and discovered that I loved writing, especially in the style I write and the genre’s I write about. For me it was the love of writing and self expression, disregard less of whether people liked what I wrote or not was a secondary issue.
Firstly I write for myself and I write about things that are interesting and meaningful to me. So if people want to read my stuff and like what they have read than that’s a bonus. If they don’t like what I write, than that is ok as well because I know that not everyone will resonate with my writing.
So answer the questions of ‘why’.
Why do you want to become a writer?
Why do you want to write?
If your ‘whys’ are strong and deeply rooted, all your fears will fade away leaving you to focus on what you love to do and that is to write.
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