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The Great & Powerful "WIP Fear"

Sorry I've been MIA for the past week. I've taken time to really dig into my current Work-In-Progress, and I've emerged feeling a lot better about the idea.

Of course, after all of this work, I've begun to see a light at the end of the tunnel. All I have to do is piece the scenes I've written together and fill in the missing areas.

But here's the thing...

I'm a little scared.

What if, at the end of the day, after all of this work, I'm the only person who finds my novel interesting? I mean, I think it's a great idea. I'd read it if I came upon it in a bookstore or library. But what if someone reads it and says, "Stefers, leave now. You are ridiculous."? It could happen!

Of course, I'm sure it's normal to go through this, but I feel silly because it's actually stopping me from continuing on my writing journey. I sit down to write, but then I'm overwhelmed with all of these doubts and fears and can't write a single sentence.

Have you experienced the "WIP Fear"? Has it hindered your writing process? If so, what did you do to get past it?



Lisa K. said…
I do know that fear. It happens to me all the time. But the best thing I've ever done for myself is to give myself permission to write something bad. It's very freeing, and often when I refuse to allow myself to worry about how interesting/well-written/marketable something is, I end up writing better in the long-run.
Diandra said…
Well, you'll never know if you don't try, right?
Laura R. said…
Hi there,
I came across your blog on Blog of Note, and it's got me hooked. It's really late where I am (Egypt) and I really need to go to bed but at the end of each post I find myself saying "One more". I've gone backwards since the most recent post until this one plus any you've linked to.
I have one question though: Where do you get these exercises? Reading the post it seems like you've got them off a source, but some of the comments make it seem like you're the one making them up.
And I'm sorry to say I can't reply to your question, as I haven't started my novel yet. I really really want to write a novel, but it's proving difficult to pick a topic/inspiration.
Anyhow, I'd love it if you checked out my blog:
Thank you!
Stef Howerton said…
Hey, Laura! I have a little thing in the sidebar titled "Just in case you were wondering..." that has a link to the site where I got the exercises. :)

Thanks for the comment!

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