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Post by meteku4 » 16 Oct 2017, 09:03

I fear criticism sometimes. I know it will be a bad feeling when people don't like what I write. Maybe I need to learn to overcome that.
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Post by Brandi Noelle » 26 Oct 2017, 13:40

That I will allow insecurities to keep me from getting my story down.

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Post by Carmel Bachelor » 06 Feb 2018, 20:41

That I'm not actually a good writer. Its always intimidated me when I would read or hear great writers, like George R.R. Martin or Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett etc etc, say something along the lines of 'You can't help but write' or 'To be writer you have to be this....' and every time I read or heard something like that, I would get terrified that I don't fit with that. I would constantly compare myself to writers who made it seem so easy! I would come away questioning myself, 'if its so easy for them, why isn't for me? Does this mean that I can't be a writer?'

Eventually, as my reading broadened, I realised that every writer is different, some obsess over it every second, some compare it to pulling teeth, and some, like the great ones above, have a huge fire behind them propelling them forward through every word they put down.

I now have a quote that I love and can relate to, that has helped me quench the fear of not being good enough, of not being meant to write.

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." Ernest Hemingway

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Post by StarsAtNight » 14 Feb 2018, 18:34

The most severe critic I know has/and will always be myself; I'm always trying to judge how others will find my work by empathizing and trying to figure out what they're thinking.
Getting back to the topic, my greatest writing fear is one day I'll realize that I've wasted my time doing 'nothing'...

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Post by pauljames_03 » 17 Feb 2018, 10:53

My greatest fear in writing is being unable to think of the right words to express what I think and feel.

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Post by Arrigo_Lupori » 20 Feb 2018, 05:37

Well, I don't have that many fears on writing. I don't care if nobody reads my poems or my books, I don't care if someone doesn't like the stuff that I write. Sure, I feel insecure about it sometimes, but that's exactly what I am trying to battle in writing, since it gives me the opportunity to share in ways that make me feel relieved and satisfied.

The only real gripe I may have with it is if it would take too long for me to write something.

Like, from several months up to years. I wouldn't enjoy writing a single piece of content for that long.
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Post by Boltonmatt » 23 Feb 2018, 15:00

Just finishing my first novel. I have no idea if it's any good. But, hey-ho, I thought, I'll send it off and someone will tell me. But it seems like it's not that easy. The whole publishing and marketing seems daunting, and will severely eat in to the restricted writing time that I have. With a 50,000 word children's novel on my hard drive, getting the next stage right without any idea of what I'm doing is slightly taxing. And as a children's novel, the e publishing route isn't really an option.....

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Post by Polgesteirg » 23 Feb 2018, 21:41

I would say that my greatest fear when it comes to writing is making something I'm proud of public but not having people find out about it. To be honest that has happened to me before in smaller scale when it comes to blogging or attempts at journalistic writing. However, most of the failure comes from me being awful at marketing and promoting things.

It sounds like you had a fear for technology in general though Robert, not to writing. Right now from what you describe we're sort of in the opposite spectrum. I hate marketing because I'm not good at it, and you spend too much time on it an neglect actual writing. Maybe if we swapped parts of our brains we would both be content? :P

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Post by glitterrain » 25 Feb 2018, 11:29

My greatest fear is that I'll die before writing something worth publishing. At my glacially slow pace, it's a concern.

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Post by Khrysalis » 12 Jan 2019, 12:14

I fear the writer/refiners loop that I've found myself getting trapped in all of my life. I'll write up a section, decide that I can do better, and then rewrite it. And rewrite it again...and again... Until the original meaning has been lost or pared down and I haven't accomplished much even though I've been writing for days.

There are days when I wish my muse would be watching me from over my shoulder and smack me in the head with a rolled-up newspaper if I start to rewrite a piece of text more than twice.
“Truth wasn't something you went out and found. It was wide and vast and deep and unending, and all you could hope to see was a tiny part of it. And to see that part and to mistake it for the whole was to make of Truth a lie.”
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