Do you think about how great your story is? How much you need to get it out into the world? How much money you’ll make? Does it just make you not write?
Well, maybe you need to be motivated by using the fear of punishment.
Imagine having written something that has gotten you a whole bunch one-star reviews. They’re saying that you got something wrong or that it’s just not good enough. You may even be lucky enough to get a youtube review saying it’s one of the worst books ever written.
But wait, that would mean you would have had to have written something first.
If you haven’t accomplished that goal yet then place yourself in this scenario.
Imagine never finishing even writing that book. Imagine never being the writer you wanted. Imagine that your creative side had been held hostage by the non-creatives of the world.
Feels like shit, doesn’t it?
Well, want to not feel shit? You need to sit down and write something. Use the fear of one-star reviews to force yourself to plot your story that extra bit. Do that twentieth draft, even though you just want to self-publish it anyway. If someone posts a youtube video complaining, then you know that their distaste is because of opinion and not your writing craft.
Use your fear of failure as fuel to light your passion for writing 🙂
Hannah Kent won the 2011 inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award for her novel Burial Rites. Here are some tips from her about writing.
In the first sentence of this article pretty much sums up how most people go about their writing. You’re busy. I’m busy. We’re all overwhelmed, stressed, and frustrated — and in this hurricane of life, our writing is often put last. This is why more people do not get to fulfill their dreams. But this writer has 15 useful tips to help you 🙂