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The Writer’s Fear


A timely post from a fellow writer! I’m struggling with the fear, wrestling it into submission, but sometimes it feels like it’s getting the upper hand. Thank you for the encouragement, Anna!

Anna Dobritt -- Author


The fear lurks within all who put pen to page or fingers to keyboard. Should I do this? Should I actually sit down and write a story? What do I have to say that others would want to read? Our need to write is deep-seated, something we can’t deny. It’s a craving like you have for a cigarette or a drink of alcohol. Denying ourselves the opportunity to write leaves us with a deep ache within. Yes, we sometimes struggle to write, but we manage to get words down. A sentence here, a short paragraph there. Each word leading to the next, until the start of a story emerges onto the page or screen. The grammar may not be perfect, the sentences rough, but your message to yourself and your readers starts to come through. The plot takes shape with each piece of dialogue you write; the conflict between your…

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Author: Julie Holmes, author

Pen names: J. M. Holmes, J. M. Goebel A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for a decade, I've been published in small press magazines such as "Fighting Chance" and "The Galactic Citizen". I write adult mystery with a touch of romance, mystery with extrasensory elements, contemporary fantasy, and epic fantasy, and I'm represented by the fabulous Cynthia Zigmund of Second City Publishing Services. In real life, I am a technical writer with a family of two teens, a wonderful hubby, one cat (what writer doesn't have cats??), two dogs, two chickens, and more chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits than any garden should have to deal with. My garden, our hobby farm, and Nature's annual seasons are some of my muses.

7 thoughts on “The Writer’s Fear

  1. Thanks for sharing Anna’s post, Julie. I’m feeling some of this right now!

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  2. I cornered Mr E yesterday and demanded some quality time. He helped me put down a little over 2600 words. I wanted to do more but I think was hoping for another pub crawl. Glad to hear your guy is behaving (or was, LOL). Hopefully, we can keep them from corrupting each other for a short time, LOL!

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  3. Julie,
    thank you for sharing the article. Don’t we all have a “touch” of fear” that we need to overcome when writing?


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