10 Writing Fears I Bottle Up #writers #BlogBattle


I am very good at bottling up my writing fears. 

Apparently sharing fears helps alleviate some of the pressure and can be therapeutic. 

Today is a special day readers. I have decided to share my writing fears. I am not bottling up these scary beauties anymore! 

So here are my top 10 writing fears:

  1. I am worried no one will like my book. When I started blogging this fear started out as ‘no one will like my writing’ and now that I am writing a novel this fear has upgraded itself. I love a fear upgrade!
  2. I worry that I am as not as good as other writers. I don’t think I am the only writer who wastes valuable time looking at what other writers are doing whilst slowly torturing herself. 
  3. I worry that I am not intelligent enough to write a decent book. All the books that I read seem really intelligent, whereas mine feels very basic. I am hoping I am not the only writer out there with this fear. 
  4. I worry that I will never fulfil my childhood dream of writing a book if I carry on wasting time not writing. All I have ever wanted to do is write a book. Ever since I was a little girl sat in my Dad’s garage making and writing my own storybooks for my toys. At a young age I decided that I wanted to write my own books. Sigh! I know that I will regret it if I don’t do it.
  5. I am worried that I can only write short stories and not novels. This one scares me.
  6. I am scared of looking a fool if my book tanks. I am not sure anyone will be that interested on seeing my Amazon sales figures.
  7. I am scared that I only have one book inside me. I have a zillion plot ideas so I don’t know why I worry about this. I think the turmoil of my current book makes me wonder whether I could do it all again.
  8. I am worried my grammar weaknesses will let me down. I have some issues with grammar which I just need to sort.
  9. I am scared that I am wasting my time as its such a difficult industry to get into. I may just go down the self-publishing route.
  10. I am worried that my book idea is naff and maybe I am wasting my time / should be writing something else. A cruel worry which keeps me awake in the small hours. Just going to have to write it and find out.

Writing them out has actually been quite therapeutic. They don’t seem as scary sat on a page.

Let me know whether any resonate with you and whether you have any different writing fears?

This post was part of the Blog Battle competition run by Rachael Ritchey on her blog. If you want to compete please click here.

This week’s word is Bottle.

The genre is: Non-Fiction.

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63 thoughts on “10 Writing Fears I Bottle Up #writers #BlogBattle

  1. That darn inner critic! But the other problem is that we are socialized into thinking writing requires perfection or something approximating it. I ran into this over and over while teaching Taiwanese students writing in English as a second language. But you know what freed them? Realizing that even native speakers don’t have perfect grammar. The point is to get those ideas down in writing. There is always someone who can help edit the grammar and mechanics. 😀

  2. Hi!! All the fears you listed are probably felt by most writers (including this one!). I finally told myself: write what you love and you will reach readers. There will be people who don’t like your books and that’s ok. There will be many who do. Life is too short and precious to worry so much. Do what makes you happy. And…there are editors who will guide you through grammar issues. You’ll learn with each book.
    As usual, great list. Thanks for sharing. We’re not alone😊

  3. I’ve had most of these fears, but as you keep writing and putting your work out there, the fears keep shrinking until they no longer get in your way. I used to write ‘toy’ books as well when I was a child and it gave me so much pleasure even though I only sold them to imaginary people. Now I try to focus in the moment on the pleasure of producing the best work I can – and if some real people like my books it’s a bonus!

      1. If it’s any consolation, I’m pretty sure by now that Tolstoi wondered whether he should have stuck to shorts after finishing Ward and Peace.

        Mind you, Proust probably should have preferred novellas… Would have done him (and the rest of us) a world of good!

  4. Not everyone wants to read a genius novel, because not everyone is a genius able to understand what the writer is talking about. You must never compare your writing with the work of other authors. It’s your novel. Readers’ tastes and moods vary enormously. There are three ways to improve your grammar — read widely, ask your beta-readers to check your grammar, and do some beta-reading for others as it helps hone your observational skills.

  5. Hello this was very interesting, I thought it was only me who worried. No. 8 is a worry of gargantuan proportions. I wrote my first draft of a full length novel and was very excited, until I let my sister in law read the opening
    chapter. Being an Ex primary
    teacher … she ripped, clauses
    , past participles, verbs
    and typos to bits. Then gave
    me a childs grammar work
    book. My novel rested for most of this year. I believed my English too weak to finish it. I have just thrown myself into my second draft recently.
    I won’t be putting it infront of her any time soon.

    1. Thx Ellen – I let my writer friend read mine and she has ‘eagle grammar eyes’ and an eye for consistency. Things were so bad that I just put it away. It just extinguishes any creativity. Thx for reading. I just hope I can pick it back up soon 🙂

      1. Please delete my second message as my letter *n* has a spook in it and results in typo diarrhoea. I can’t bear typos that you know about. Thank you again for your fun and helpful blog.

  6. As you’ve seen from the above comments, most of us, if not all have these same fears.
    1. Just as there are many writers in the world, there are many readers. Trust me someone, somewhere will like your book. I’m pretty sure, I would like it, but if not me, then someone else. Every pot has a lid. 😉

    2. Good Writers vs Bad Writers. Again much a personal preference. Some writers do just stink and probably everyone would agree. But for the vast majority of us, we are neither good nor bad. We are writers. Sometimes what we write, people will like, sometimes they won’t. Doesn’t change our writing. It’s neither good nor bad. I can’t say the same about my cooking though. Sometimes it is just bad.

    3. You are intelligent. Again, you’ll have to trust me but since I’m intelligent (no comments) and I have read your work, I say you’re plenty intelligent to write a book. Again, you’ll have an audience that will love you. In recently conversing with someone about book clubs and book club choices, they made mention of how the others in their club liked to stick with non-challenging books, what they thought were fluff. This person wanted something more challenging. Personally, I like fluff. The rest of my life is challenging and I want to be entertained when I read, not challenged. Different strokes for different folks.

    4. You’ve already written books. Remember? For the non-verbal short friends you have. 😉

    5. Books are just short stories put together. They’re called chapters. You can do this, Blonde!!

    6. I’m pretty sure they have a well publicized list, and television program for those whose books tank. If yours does, you will make the list Still famous. Can I have your autograph either way? I think the television show is Biggest Losers… At least I think that’s what it’s about.

    7. One step at a time. Spit the first book out and then we’ll see what’s left. I’m surprised at people who can keep churning them out. Some of them really should stop. jk.

    8. Grammar, schmammar. Editors will help with this, and again, the English language has gotten so lax, you can get away with a lot.

    9. Would you rather waste your time writing or playing computer games? My goal today is to get through all the different Mahjong layouts I can in under 5 minutes.

    10. You are a very talented, creative, funny writer. I’m sure your book idea is great. Keep writing and get it done so we can read it.

    There. Now that I’ve answered all your worries, you have nothing stopping you. Get busy Girly!!

  7. I think my main fear with writing a book in particular is the fear that no one will like it our read it. I am afraid that I will pour so much of myself into it and no one will accept it, leaving me feeling unaccepted and time wasted. I think I should be more diplomatic about the thoughts I have, I am glad you shared your fears also. It is nice to know others have similar fears.

  8. I think they all ring pretty true. It’s a scary thing, putting your work out into the world. I’m just reading Big Magic and it addresses the idea of being brave enough to create something and put it out there, and how to deny the impulse is far worse than anything that might happen as a result of it. Write for yourself, then if others want to come along for the story as well, great! And be proud of what you’ve achieved. It’s tough though, I know my heart is in my mouth whenever I hit ‘Publish.’ xx

      1. In the end, the joy of actually holding my published book far outweighed any fears I had about publishing. I was nervous, of course, when people started reading it, because it’s something so personal – but at the same time I’ve been thrilled to have people read it. So the positives far outweighed any negatives, is what I’m trying to say 🙂

  9. I agree with every single fear you highlighted. Every. Single. One. It seems every other writer is so confident in their ability. I appreciate you airing your fears so we all know we are not alone.

  10. The fear upgrade…sigh. 🙂 You are in good company friend. We all have our insecurities about our craft. But the glory comes in pressing through the darkness anyway.

  11. It is important to get things off our chest.. 8 and 9 struck a chord for me. I was at school at s time it was deemed unimportant to teach grammar and I’ve been anxious about that ever since. As for wasting time – there are far more sensible things I could be doing. That’s not the point though is it?!!
    Happy writing

  12. what a fears but an excuse to be brave ^_^ anyway once you get too cocky you get complacent so yeah in moderation that lil inner critic keeps you at your best, never stop, never settle.

  13. #3 to the thousandth degree describes me, especially when it comes to my manuscript of poetry that I’ve been too chicken to send out (even when the poems themselves are finding homes in journals).

    #5 shouldn’t even be a fear; there’s such a thing as a collection of short stories!

    And if you ever wanted someone to comb through a draft for #8, I worked as a tutor and teacher for years. I’d be happy to hack away at your work with a figurative red pen for grammar mistakes. It’s kind of a geek hobby of mine. (No pressure; I know we don’t know each other.)

    In the meantime, your passion for writing is clear. And like muscle with fat, passion weighs more than fear. 🙂

  14. I’ve had/have some of these fears. My biggest one is that I’ll never get past a first draft, as I keep getting distracted by shiny new ideas. I have made a commitment to starting to properly do a second draft of one of my stories in December, and I am gong to do it! I think we all have fears, the trick is not letting them get to us. And I think you did a good thing by sharing them. It makes us feel not so alone (says she who was on the phone in tears to someone yesterday about something I have to do but I’m really scared to do). On the plus side, I felt better And the same goes for this. There’s nothing on that list that can’t be beaten. And if you’re writings on this blog are anything to go by, you are good and you will get there. 🙂 And I’m always right. So there.

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