Do you want to become a writer?
When I was in my early twenties, I did too. I told people I wanted to write a book. There was just one problem. I wasn’t writing anything.
I believed I wasn’t ready to write, and I needed some anointed mentor to pull me aside and say, “Bryan, now is your time.”
I became jealous of the success of people around me and grew sick of my lack of progress.
So, I joined a fiction and non-fiction writing workshop in Dublin. On the second evening, the instructor said every student had to submit a short story.
I was afraid.
I hadn’t written a short story in years, but I didn’t want the class or the instructor to know this.
A writer in a writing class, who doesn’t write, is a fraud.
I went home, and I wrote. I wrote that night and the night after that. And I wrote until I finished my first short story. It was terrible – the instructor told me this later – but that didn’t matter.
I had taken the first step towards facing my fear of writing.
Here are four common fears everyone who wants to become a writer faces and how you can overcome them.