Sunday, October 1, 2023

2023 - October - What Scares Writers

Don't miss out on this Mini-Conference for Writers!

 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM 
525 West 38th Street, Erie, PA  16506

      I'll be giving two workshops at this mini-conference. One is on timelines and the other workshop is about achieving rhythm and cadence in your writing. See you at the conference!! 
                                                                 Catherine E. McLean



This being October, the autumn of the year, and the frightful season of Halloween, let's talk about the three top things that scare a writer.

Number One is Writer's Block, the blank page syndrome, the not-knowing-what-to-write-about.

Since my imagination keeps coming up with new stuff all the time, I have never suffered Writer's Block. Back in 2008, on this blog, I did suffer Blogger's Block, but that wasn't quite the same thing —  and I've not had Blogger's Block since. I have also given writing workshops on how to find ideas to write about (I still offer Ideas for stories - 32 ways to find them as a free Writers Cheat Sheet).

Number Two is Fear of Failure. 

The statistics are bleak— 99% of submitted work to editors and publishers is rejected. Worse, daily publishes 7,500 new eBooks and only 1% make up the cream of the crop. Depressing is that a writer's work must competes with the 12 million that offers. It takes courage, fortitude, skill as a writer and storyteller, and luck to achieve high rankings.

Number Three is Lack of Time to Write. 

Excuses abound why writers don't write. Cited are the lack of time due to making a living,  commitments to family, children, friends, church, organizations, etc. and more. Trite as it seems, it boils down to that old adage of where there is a will, there is a way. Again, it takes courage to make writing a priority. If writing is to be a priority, strive to carve out a writing time and write.

Are there other fears?

Sure. So, which of the above scares you as a writer? Or is it something else and what is it?

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