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How to Overcome the Fear of Writing Your Book and Tell Your Story with Confidence

You’re embarking on your writing journey, which can be very scary. All writers get scared, so you know you’re not alone. I have a few HELPFUL tips to get you through the SCARY process of writing your story.

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Fear of writing a book can stop you in your tracks.

I coach successful entrepreneurs in the mission-driven or purpose-driven space, and they have amazing badass stories. Their stories give them credibility, amplify their voice, and they can share their passion with the world.

After all, that’s why almost everyone writes – they have a story to share and are passionate about it.

You don’t have to be a successful entrepreneur or business person to use my steps. I’m a fiction writer for children’s books; this is the same advice I give myself.


Fear blockers:

  • Where do I start?

  • My idea stinks.

  • I’m not a writer. I don’t even know what to say.


All valid fears on every lever and for every writer. That little voice in your head is alerting you to danger because you’ve never done this before. It’s years of telling yourself you can’t do something you’ve never tried. Or maybe you got an F in creative writing back in grade 6, and your belief is that you suck.

As promised, here are three EASY things you can do to overcome your FEAR of writing – no matter what you’re writing.


1)        Take a deep breath. Relax. Yes. Really, relax. Stop saying I CAN’T, I WON’T, and I’LL NEVER. Flip the script and start saying things like I CAN, I WILL, and I AM. Get a journal (see my link below) and write positive thoughts about your writing. Fill out the page. I recommend this for at least 30 days. Writing with a pen in hand is essential. And it can be messy and unreadable. This is just for you to retrain your brain.


2)        Find a buddy. These are easier to find than you think. Get a writing partner/buddy who you can check in with weekly. Exchange texts, emails, DM’, meet in person, whatever works best for you. Have a 15-minute accountability check-in. Bounce ideas off this person. Talk about your biggest fear from the week prior. It helps to talk to someone going through the same thing as you. But I don’t have to tell you that.


3)        Read books like the one you’re writing. Even in business writing, you must have the vision and thought process running through your head while writing. Reading books like yours gives your brain the imagery, the words, and the expectations of your readers. I am not saying to take other people’s writing and make it your own. But once you start reading work like you want to write, you’ll become more comfortable with writing. The side benefit is that you’ll have your comparison titles for when it’s time to sell your book.


4)        Write what you want to write. Don’t try to fit into a mold or someone else’s expectations. This sets you up for FEAR because you’re trying to please someone else. Your writing needs to be YOU: your thoughts, ideas, and your passion. Stay in your passion, and you’ll be comfortable on the journey.


I hope these 4 things help you. I know that when I work with my clients, these are some things I encourage and coach on, Numbers 1 and 4 being the biggest help.


Don’t let fear stop you from writing that book. I have faith in you – you can do it!


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