Embrace the Fear

This month, with Halloween on the horizon, we’re talking fear. I know a lot about fear and a lot of it is to do with my writing. It’s not about the twists and turns of the story and the shiver down my spine of a great creepy tale, more around the writing.

Lots of us feel fear around that thing we love.

For readers that might be a sport they play or drawing or even their job.


Once we do something (in my case write) there is the chance for failure and it can be terrifying. There’s also criticism and even success. Because once you’re successful the fear of all those other things increases exponentially.

But there are things we can do:

  1. Do it anyway #brave
  2. Talk about the fear – you are not alone with the scary axe
  3. Remember times you’ve defeated the fear before
  4. Write down why you want to do it in the first place – it could be enough to get you over the fear
  5. Use the fear to make you the BEST you can be


Any other tips?



beck nicholas_ bec sampson

I always wanted to write. I’ve worked as a lab assistant, a pizza delivery driver and a high school teacher but I always pursued my first dream of creating stories. Now, I live with my family near Adelaide, halfway between the city and the sea, and am lucky to spend my days (and nights) writing young adult fiction.

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