Overcoming the Fear of Judgement as a Writer

Fear of Judgement

 

I write a couple of sentences and then delete them just as fast. They were horrible. No one will ever want to read this garbage. Why do I even bother trying to write? Maybe I’m not meant to be a writer, I have no talent.

 

If any of this sounds familiar to you, you aren’t alone. Every author that ever put pen to paper (or finger to key) has suffered writer’s block at one point or another. Even Ernest Hemingway would complain that he suffered writer’s block on a daily basis because of his feeling that his readers’ huge expectations were weighing on him.

 

The biggest cause of writer’s block

Most people don’t realize it, but writer’s block usually has nothing to do with the lack of creativity, or the lack of ability. Most of the time writer’s block is caused when we begin worrying that our writing won’t be good enough.

 

You begin to feel that you’re going to fail. The irony of it is, the more you need your writing to be amazing, the less it will be. The cure for this is to stop planning and worrying about being published and let your imagination take over to produce whatever it feels. Train yourself to believe that you’re writing only for yourself and no one else will ever see it.

 

By removing the pressure, and convincing yourself to not care so much about whether or not your writing is good enough, writing becomes fun again and your creativity begins to flow.

 

They’re more afraid of you then you are of them

Ok, it’s true, this statement is usually meant for when a vicious animal is snarling at you, but the same is true in this case as well. What makes you think that you’re the only person in the world afraid of being judged?

 

Everyone is afraid of being judged, however, some people are just better at hiding it than others are. So, you aren’t alone, everyone out there would be reacting the same way if they were in your shoes.

 

There are several big time authors out there that have said, after they have published their tenth bestseller or accepted another award, “I don’t deserve this, there are plenty of authors better than me out there.”

 

Ignore the haters

One of Mom’s famous sayings is still just as difficult to achieve, but it’s a very helpful suggestion. It may be true that one nasty review has a tendency to overshadow twenty compliments, however, for no other reason than keeping your sanity through life you owe it to yourself to learn to just ignore nasty remarks.

 

Learn from helpful criticism and learn from compliments as well, but nasty, unproductive comments serve no purpose, so just don’t even waste your time with them. Notice I said learn from helpful criticism. None of us are perfect and helpful criticism shouldn’t be considered a nasty comment or taken as a failure, but as a valuable lesson that you can use to improve yourself and your writing.

 

I truly hope these suggestions help you even a little. Most times it’s easier said than done, but if you can just learn to relax and write for yourself you will not only be a much more productive writer but a much happier and healthier one.

 

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16 thoughts on “Overcoming the Fear of Judgement as a Writer

  1. Publishing my work on FictionPress and Wattpad really helped me overcome my fear of judgement. When I was first starting out, I was super concerned about what others thought of my writing and refused to share it with anyone. This plan backfired because although it’s hard to accept criticism from others, it’s harder to point out the flaws in your own work.

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    1. I was the same exact way! I’ve always been outgoing, say anything, love to make people laugh with my crazy antics in public. However, when it came to my writing, it was like Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde I was afraid of what others would say and think until I started writing professionally and received a fair share of praise so I figured I must be doing something close to correct and that built my confidence.

      I am still humble, when I say “I really appreciate you taking the time to read my blog and leave a comment…” I genuinely mean it. I love it when people say “I really liked that article…” or even better “Your article really helped me or I found your content helpful”

      I’m still a “ham” especially with friends and family and I can come off as arrogant and confident but to know the true “me” is to witness something completely different and I’m never arrogant about my writing. I enjoy your content, if I didn’t I wouldn’t say anything I’m a firm believer in if you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all.

      I’m also a firm believer in do onto others as you’d have done to yourself. If you asked me to critique your work I would but nicely and always offer a solution or help. If I didn’t know how to help I would try my best to guide you where you could find help. So “Let’s Spread the Words Together.”

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      1. I’d be happy to. I also like to tweet my fellow writers works so I’m happy to help. Maybe you could do the same if you enjoy my work.

        We need to look out for our own and I’ve found writers tend to firm a family I live being a part of.

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  2. Oh, that’s strange. It should work. I haven’t changed the settings or anything. Hmm…I’ll have to double check that.
    Anyway, thanks so much for your reply and I really do appreciate the compliment.

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    1. Yeah, my belief is, it’s what’s in you that matters. For example, it’s what’s in your heart or brain or both that makes all the difference in the world. Being a professional writer, most of my content is what others tell me to write. However, when I sit down and write something that expresses my feelings I can see the difference and I’m sure others can too.

      This may sound cheesy but it’s the way I truly feel.

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  3. Awesome post. I always fear that my articles are not useful to my readers and that I’m writing to contribute to more rubbish on the internet. I’m very grateful that I have followers like you that appreciate my work.

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