Overcoming Fear and Finding Your Author Voice
“There is no duplicate on this planet of you. So there’s no way that anyone can have your perspective, your view, your vision, or the heart and courage that you have to put this book out into the world.” — Azul Terronez
Writing a book can be one of the hardest things you ever decide to do. In fact, it might be the thing that’s been on your mind the most lately. And if you’re listening to this podcast, you probably wondered, what does it really take to have a book come out of you? The courage to write takes more than just the ideas of a good book. It takes the fortitude and courage to stand in the face of fear and keep writing.
On this week’s episode of “Authors Who Lead,” I talk about the many obstacles you may face and how to find the courage to write a book.
Overcoming Common Obstacles
Perfectionism can lead to procrastination, preventing writers from facing their fears. I’ve coached a diverse range of authors, including doctors, lawyers, and YouTubers, who often struggle with getting stuck. Even though they are successful in their fields, the fear of not being good enough at writing a book can hinder progress. Positive feedback in a healthy writing community can help authors with these obstacles.
Fear and Courage
The fear of being judged, criticized, and exposing one’s deepest secrets can make writing feel overwhelming. Courage is a necessary component of writing and goes hand in hand with fear – without fear, courage becomes useless. By facing their fears, writers can tap into the fuel they need to push through and write their books.
I encourage aspiring authors to find courage in the face of fear and embrace the vulnerability that comes with sharing their stories.
In this podcast, I also share:
- Now is the only time to write a book, as there will always be excuses and other responsibilities
- Writers need to make peace with fear and start writing in the present moment
- Writers are not the judge or jury of their work – readers are
- The fear of being judged or disliked should not hinder the creative process
- Writing and publishing can feel like being naked in public
- Embracing vulnerability and standing in the face of fear can lead to personal growth and empowerment
- Writer’s block is often a result of avoiding fear rather than an actual mental block
- By confronting fears and insecurities, writers can overcome “writer’s block” and make progress
I’m so grateful that you listened to this podcast. I appreciate anybody who leaves a review, it really helps inspire us to keep contributing and giving content here.
What was your biggest takeaway from this episode? What is your biggest fear or obstacle to writing your book? In the comments, share your biggest obstacles.
That’s all for this week. If you have a message inside you that needs to be written, know that you can write and publish the book that’s been on your heart. Don’t delay – get out of your head, put words on the page today, and make a movement with your message!