Writing: How to Overcome the Fear

“Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.” — Mark Twain

Writing has been an interesting journey for me. While I was in school, I never felt like I was a good writer. Facing a blank page and trying to come up with something to say and then organizing those thoughts into a coherent and cohesive message felt OVERWHELMING. Somewhere along the way, I started journaling. As someone that has journaled on and off for over 30 years I think that has been the tool or method that helped me find my voice as a writer.

My mom was a secondary English teacher. I remember reading some of the things I had written to her years ago and her response was, you’re a very good writer. Often, I dismissed my mom’s compliments thinking she had to say those things because she was my mom. Thankfully, the seeds she was planting started taking root and growing underground over the years. Once in a while I go back and reread excerpts from my journals. The strangest thing happens, I read the words and wonder who wrote that? I know that I wrote those words but I am surprised because it doesn’t sound like me. I guess I have a different voice when I write then I do when I speak.

During the pandemic I have noticed that I am spending more time journaling each day. It’s a safe place where I can process my feelings and the things that I am wrestling with personally and professionally. Journaling has always been one of my favorite times of the day it is even more so now.

There are a few very important things to consider when you start journaling. Buy yourself a pretty journal or notebook that you will want to write in. The second thing is to use pens that you like to write with. I have a collection of colorful pens that I like to use. Then find a comfortable place to write. I have two favorite places: a favorite comfy chair in my living room and my desk in my office.

My current journal and pens

I encourage you to try journaling if you never have. If you’ve journaled in the past but it has been a while, I encourage you to pick up your pen and get started again.

Happy writing!

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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”

Frederick Douglass

The joy is in the journey!

Blessings and Peace,

Mary

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