This week, there was 1 thing blasting all over my social media.
PROCRASTINATION. (It’s not the #1 thing.)
Danielle LaPorte’s #truthbomb “If you’re gonna do it - really do it” showed up in my inbox.
That’s more like the opposite of procrastination.
One simple phrase reminding me that if I say I’m going to do something, I need to show up and take action. (It did make me feel guilty for my current procrastinating.)
And then, on my Instagram account, I saw a quote from Elizabeth Gilbert:
“All procrastination is fear.”
FEAR. (Yes, this is the #1 thing.)
I'm gonna say something loud and proud.
Every writer is procrastinating on writing their book because of fear.
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Fear of being told you aren’t good enough.
Fear of unveiling your voice and hearing crickets. (Or worse, raging disgust.)
Fear of being a bad writer.
Fear of letting everyone down.
Fear of letting yourself down.
Fear of never getting published.
Fear of the responsibilities that come with being committed to growing as a writer.
Fear fear fear fear fear fear fear.
Here’s the thing about fear… It never goes away.
Imagine if you will for me… You’ve got a book published, which helps you feel like you’re a good writer. It gets rave reviews, everyone is proud of you, and you’re proud of yourself. You’ve written every day for the last year, and you’ve read books by many fellow newly published authors that you love.
You’re off, not worrying about being published, not worrying about letting yourself down... and that’s when new fears start to veer their ugly head.
In fact, as soon as you gain the tiniest bit of success and traction, new fears will creep in, before you even know what’s next.
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Fear of not selling enough copies.
Fear of not getting enough press.
Fear of the book not making an impact.
Fear of it being interpreted the wrong way.
Fear of your second book not doing as well as your first.
Fear of going on tour, and being asked questions you won’t know the answer to.
You need to take a stand TODAY.
As Cheryl Strayed would say, “You need to write like a motherfucker.”
Did you know that Cheryl Strayed wrote an advice column called “Dear Sugar” on the website The Rumpus?
One day, a 26 yr old wrote to her saying she was depressed, wrote like a girl, and just couldn’t get herself to write.
Here is a section of Cheryl Strayed’s completely perfect response:
We get the work done on the ground level. And the kindest thing I can do for you is to tell you to get your ass on the floor. I know it’s hard to write, darling. But it’s harder not to. The only way you’ll find out if you “have it in you” is to get to work and see if you do. The only way to override your “limitations, insecurities, jealousies, and ineptitude” is to produce. You have limitations. You are in some ways inept. This is true of every writer, and it’s especially true of writers who are 26. You will feel insecure and jealous. How much power you give those feelings is entirely up to you.
(And by the way, right here is the rest of her elegant and fantastic response.)
Are you ready for your voice to be heard?
Do you want to take the next step to finishing your book?
Are you brave enough to start your writing journey?
Are you ready to get your ass on the floor and start writing?
If you are, and you know you'll need help getting the "push" to do it, sign-up for a discovery session with me.
We’ll chat about what’s at the heart of your problem, and what we can do to help you get to work.