The next step: on writing and fear

I wrote something slightly out of the ordinary for this blog. A little story. 😳

Actually, I wrote two; one I had written a couple of weeks ago but it needed tweaking, and the other I’m still working on. Then, I stumbled on a third story for which I have many chapters that I almost forgot about. I read the first chapter and cringed…it’s been in a holding pattern for a couple of years, and this is probably a good thing because it needs severe editing. (It’s a love story…hah. Like I have any business at all to write love stories…) πŸ™„

I will pick one of the two other ones and release it tomorrow. Okay?

Today however, I’m pondering writing quotes. And its sidekick FEAR.

Fear is an idea-crippling, experience-crushing inhibitor inflicted only by yourself. Stephanie Melish

F.E.A.R. has two meanings:

Forget Everything And Run


Face Everything And Rise

the choice is yours

I don’t know who said the above. It came up as a pinterest worthy thingy on social media. But I like it. And the choice is mine, so I will pick…The second one. Boo.


Mark Twain may have been a celebrated writer, but I am not convinced the quote below is quite to my liking:

Write what you know. Mark Twain


If I only wrote about what I knew, where would the challenge be in that? I mean, in fiction writing, imagination plays such a large role – to simply write what we know would severely limit our creative capabilities…Think about it. If you write about an axe murderer, do you have to be an axe murderer? πŸ€”

I guess if you battle an addiction or some mental illness or, you know, rage (hormonal or otherwise πŸ˜‚), you could let that stuff fuel your stories…but that doesn’t mean you have to become an axe murderer to write convincingly about one…

(Do you? I don’t know…)

I do like to embellish things in writing. I like expanding on the snippets of knowledge, real or imagined, and let loose with a flood of words. The trick is to write your story convincingly. You want your readers to like your characters and your scenes. You want them to want more. At least, this holds true for me.

One thing I keep thinking about as absolute truth (for me) is this quote:

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou

I am not sure if she means autobiographical stories, or fictional ones, either way, if there’s a story brewing inside my head, I must get it out. Which leads me to this quote:

The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart. Maya Angelou

And finally, my last attempt at getting it done:

If not now, when? Writer of Words etc.

10 thoughts on “The next step: on writing and fear

  1. Do you think in story lines? I might be able to produce a decent vignette (though I rarely do that these days) but I just don’t think like that. Do you make an outline first? Or are you just so committed to the idea, like feeling it along, that it propels itself? I find the idea daunting; I don’t know how people manage to write entire books. πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

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    1. I have a fantastic imagination. I never have outlines or plots…often I make notes and let them sit and fester. Other times the whole story pours out of me while the home life crumbles around me. I rarely publish immediately (to the blogs) because even the good stories have inconsistencies in them. Think tenses, repetitive words, redundancy.

      Note: I am not normal. πŸ™‚

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  2. I loved reading your post today about writing and fear. I usually write about what I know or have experienced to some degree and then expand or embellish (lie like hell). Is story telling really all just lies?
    I have stories inside of me that want to come out and it is driving me a bit nutty. Fear is holding them inside, fear of rejection and that I won’t use he right words. Thank you darling because you have helped release me from this writer’s block. Sending you lots of love and many hugs. β€β€β€β€β€πŸ§‘πŸ’šπŸ’™

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      1. It was because of your post on Fear that I was able to start writing. I had been stagnant for awhile and you helped me. I just put my fingers in the keyboard and started typing. Something appeared – words. Didn’t matter if they were about nothing. ❀️❀️❀️❀️

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      2. I understand. This happens to me at times too. I appreciate knowing that I was able to help – when I’m in my deep, dark abyss I find I write nothing, or if I do, it’s utter garbage. You have a lovely talent, so keep writing!!

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