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Fear and Writing by Alicia Coleman

In an earlier blog post I mentioned I am in a workshop on Plotting.  With each new area we cover, I freeze initially when it comes to completing assignments.   Before the assignment, the story is clear in my mind and I know how it should be written.  When it’s time to write, my mind goes blank and I can’t think of a single thing to say.

I realize now, that it’s fear.  Fear that I have no idea who to plot (since I’m a pantser).  Fear that I will get it wrong and my story will be rejected.  Fear that I am exposing myself as a wannabe and not a writer.  Fear that I just don’t know what I’m doing.

Roseann Cash said, “The Key to change…is to let go of fear.”   That’s it.  That’s me.  I realize I have to stand up to my fears and reaffirm my convictions.  I am learning how to plot.  I may be wrong, but it can be corrected. I need to affirm that I am a writer and am following the steps necessary to learn my craft.

Now fear, take that!  You don’t scare me…much.

What about you, what do you fear?

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Plotting by Alicia Coleman

I’m what’s called a Pantser.  I just write and worry about plot and conflict later.  So…I’m changing that!  I’ve enrolled in a workshop that deals with plotting.  Here’s hoping I’ll be able to get the story written without getting lost.