Writing and Fear

Posted by Amy Wallace Amy Wallace on .

Writing great content for your startup’s blog is a great way to build an audience of people who are interested in your product.

There’s a sea of great content out there to be inspired by and learn from, and it can help shape your aspirations as a writer to understand what (and how) others are writing.

But starting out if you’ve not really written very much before, or if you haven’t done so in a particular field or medium can be daunting. At first there can be a feeling of excitement but that can often take a back seat to your inner dialogue, which questions your own abilities.

The writing that you read every day begins to feel like something that you’ll never achieve and you stop aspiring to emulate those writers and begin to feel fearful and insecure.

But there are ways to work on that and Leo Babauta’s latest post on what he’s learnt from writing for nearly 24 years is a great place to start. Leo’s blog, Zen Habits, is as a whole a great place to learn about building habits, whether that’s exercise, productivity, or writing habits.

This latest post summarises some problems you’ll face when ‘learning’ to write and as you begin to get into the habit of writing. If you’re not sure where to start with writing or you’ve been struggling to get yourself into a good habit with it, this post is a fantastic piece to read.

Leo writes that:

I’ve been a professional writer since I was 17: so nearly 24 years now. I’ve made my living with words, and have written a lot of them — more than 10 million (though many of them were duplicates).
That means I’ve made a ton of errors. Lots of typos. Lots of bad writing.
Being a writer means I’ve failed a lot, and learned a few things in the process.
Now, some of you may be aspiring writers (or writers looking for inspiration from a colleague). Others might not ever want to be a writer, but you should still care about writing. I’ll tell you why: it’s an incredible tool for learning about yourself. And if you’re an effective writer, you’re an effective communicator, thinker, salesperson, businessperson, persuader.
So for anyone interested in writing, I’d love to share what I’ve learned so far.

Take a look at the rest of the post here, and get ready to be motivated into working on your own piece of writing, new or old. And if you have a favourite blog for writing inspiration or tips, let us know in the comments below!

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