Overcoming your writing fears

There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud.           Carl Sandburg

It wasn’t perfect and I almost let me fears stop me. But I didn’t. I overcame my fears and sang a song at our annual church’s Christmas party.

What fear is holding you back from writing for publication? Is it the fear your writing isn’t good enough? Is it the fear of not knowing where to begin? Is it the fear of rejection?

Like singing, no matter how many times you practice your craft, your fears will get in the way of you submitting your work for publication. So you have a choice – to continue wallowing in the mud of fear or to rise up and submit your writings. And like I learned after finishing my song, even if your first attempt doesn’t turn out as perfect as you expected it to be, at least you are no longer wallowing in the mud.

Sharing the journey,


Responding to God’s call to write: What one thing will you  do today to stop wallowing in the mud of fear as a Christian writer? Post your comments on my blog. I enjoy hearing from you!

What are they? The calling blockers. In the book, How to live your calling, the authors describe calling blockers as “things that prevent you from taking the needed actions to live out your calling.”  They list four calling blockers people encounter as they seek to live their callings – fear, negative thinking, busyness, and money. How do these relate to aspiring writers? Busyness can keep you from carving out time to write; fear can keep you from submitting your work for publication; negative thinking can keep you from believing in your writing skills, and money can keep you from living your calling because it’s hard to make a living as a writer.

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