We’re all scared of something, although many of us don’t like to admit it. Spiders, snakes, public speaking, darkness… Me? I’m afraid of heights. Any and all heights. Once I rode a ski lift, and that was one of the scariest things I’ve done. It didn’t help that the ski lift was at a zoo and if I fell it would’ve been into a tiger’s cage. *shivers in memory*
If you’re a writer, you probably have some things you fear that send you running away screaming, notebooks and pencils being scattered in your wake. Whether it’s a barrage of plot bunnies or the much-dreaded writer’s block, here are five things I’ve noticed that scare writers (or at least the writer inside me).
1. Having to Tell Someone What Your Story is About
“What’s your story about?”
Ah, the dreaded question that every writer faces at one point or another. You either jump at this question, ready to tell all about your story, or you wish you could hide under a rock until you come up with a good answer. This question comes up in casual conversations, all innocent, and to the non-writer, it’s a safe question. But a state of panic is going on in the writer’s head, and once some coherent answer comes out, one that usually sounds like, “It’s about a human being with hairy feet who goes on an adventure,” you can almost see the other person saying, “Is that really the best you can do?”
2. People Not Liking Your Writing
Who ISN’T afraid of people not liking their writing?! This one’s pretty self-explanatory, right? THE FEAR IS REAL WITH THIS ONE.
3. Having to Watch Someone Read Your Writing
Maybe this is a fear/pet peeve that I just have… But have you ever handed your writing over to someone to read… And then just couldn’t sit there and watch? I hate watching people read my writing. If I hand over a blog post/article/snippet, I have to leave so I’m not staring at the reader’s face wondering what’s going on in their head. I just… I CAN’T WATCH. I’m afraid of what’s going on in their heads as I watch. #problems
4. Losing Your Writing
Whether it’s the fear of losing a notebook or having your computer crash and take ALL your hard work down with it, the fear of somehow losing your writing is a particularly paralyzing one. All of your hard work and great “quotable” lines that you cleverly made up… What if they were all taken away?!
This is a fear I recently had to deal with, as my computer was being stubborn. In my terror, I sent myself back-ups of all of my writing documents. But thankfully, nothing tragic happened. Yet. *nervously looks at computer*
5. WRITER’S BLOCK
This is probably the king of all writerly fears (bloggerly fears too, if we’re honest) WHAT IF I HAVE NO IDEAS!?!??!?!?!? WHAT IF ALL OF THE OTHER GOOD IEDAS WERE TAKEN AND ALL MY IDEAS ARE GONE?!?!?!?!?!? WHAT IF I NEVER GET AN IDEA AGAIN!?! WHAT IF *fill in the blank here*?!?!? Writer’s block is serious business… And a serious worry/dread/fear.
What are some writerly fears do YOU face? Do you have any to add to my list?
Which of these fears do you fear the most?