by Carole Brown
…keep you from writing.
Fear #1: Fear of the Unknown
Yes, cost you some money — marketing costs, training costs, etc.
But if something costs you, say, $500 over the course of a year, and you generate, say, $3,000 during that year, is the cost really what’s most important?
Don’t let the fear of investing some money now blind you from the many different avenues to profit and readers.
Fear #2: I don’t have the time
Yes, writing does take time. There is no way around this.
So if you literally have no time to invest in building an audience and developing your talent in writing, you probably should give in to this fear and walk away now. But in my experience, most people do have enough time to at least get moving — even if it’s not as much time as they’d like to have (a distinction that is critical).
The key is to actually prioritize your personal goals and your future (because no one else is going to do it for you), and then make smart choices about what to do with the available time that you do have.
Fear #3: But I’m an unknown! How will I ever get enough sales to make money?
Patience with your timeline, take a big-picture view, and smartly follow the proven path laid out by so many people who have come before you.
Fear #4: Okay, but how can I be confident that I’ll make good decisions and not screw everything up once it’s growing?
Because you’re more capable than you think. And because there are so many mentors and examples out there whose lead you can follow.
And, more importantly, because your own intuition — once it is honed by the deep experience you will gain growing an audience and learning how to serve them — is the greatest and most underrated guide you will have.
Fear #5: This all just a crazy pipe dream.
It’s definitely not a pipe dream. The thousands of successful writers out there, and the billions upon billions of dollars they generate every year, are proof of that.
As to whether it’s “crazy,” well … maybe it is a tad bit crazy.
But you know what? Most successful writers tend to be a little bit crazy. So this fear is actually a sign that you’re on the right track.
And just for good measure, here is one more fear you might be feeling …
Bonus Fear: How will I know what specific steps to take to succeed?
This is probably the most unreasonable fear of them all.
Because so many successful paths and successful strategies have already been tried, judged, improved, and refined by those who have come before you.
Take a moment and reflect on any of the fears above that may be affecting your thinking. If any of those fears are stopping you from taking meaningful steps forward, now is the time to consider whether or not they should be.
Because if they shouldn’t be, then these fears are holding you back from living the life you truly want to be living.
And that’s not a fear to respect.
That’s a fear to reject.