Perhaps the most widely aspired endeavor among human beings is to someday write a book, and yet most people don’t, simply because they claim to have a fear of writing.
However, writing is really no different than walking when you think about it.
You put one foot in front of the other to go, and you put one word after another to write.
It’s all the same.
The real fear of writing, you see, isn’t about writing at all.
Rather, it’s a fear of exposing one self to criticism.
After all, if you say something stupid or incorrectly, and your words are not recorded in some way, they disappear into the ethereal with graceful deniability. But when you put your words to published print, they become part of your legacy and will follow you until the day you die.
So make no mistake, anyone with any ability to communicate whatsoever can write.
Writing is a simple procedure you probably do every day, whether you jot down notes on your to do list; text your friends on a mobile device; or add a daily excerpt in your diary. We all use words all the time, and they’re often written down.
What’s really troubling though, is the legacy thing. The undeniable, unretractable fact that you might publish something less than perfect for all the world to become bitterly disappointed over.
Which is completely understandable.
Yet it may help to ease your fear of writing to know, you’re not alone.
Virtually every author who’s ever penned any sort of publication struggles with this same adversity. No author is ever completely satisfied with their work, no matter how famous they are, or how classical their work ends up being.
In fact, there’s a saying among the more highly acclaimed writers that goes something like, “only bad authors think their work is really good.”
Can you imagine Edgar Alan Poe reading over The Raven and thinking, “this is rubbish”? Or Ernest Hemingway saying the same about The Old Man and the Sea?
Well chances are they did, and continued to do so right up to the time they sent it to their publisher.
You see, no one has ever published the perfect book, and neither will you.
So don’t worry about it.
If you aspire to writing, write. If you have a story to tell, then it’s worth the risk of getting criticism to tell it.
You can’t let a fear of writing deny the world of its significance, can you?
Let your aspiration give you inspiration, and write it. And if all else fails, you can always hire a proofreader and editor to put your mind at ease.
There is no excuse!