Writing 101, Day Seventeen: Your Personality on the Page

What are you scared of? Address one of your worst fears. If you’re up for a twist, write this post in a style that’s different from your own.writing-101-june-2014-class-badge-2

Today’s twist: Write this post in a style distinct from your own.

In Day 1, I actually wrote about fear, today I will take a piece of that post and reshape.  My original piece was about how not to be overcome by Fear, taking the supportive, helping role.  The little piece I have reworked is basically how a dick may approach the concept.

The point I am trying to make is fear is something you can overcome as a writer. It may never go away. You may have the greatest piece of writing in the world but once you put it out there, that fear can still be there making you doubt yourself. Will they like? Why did I write it like that? My god that’s not who you spell fuchsia! Now I think I understand, you can use this fear as a focus, turn it around so that you are more afraid that if you don’t finish your work how can you start the next thing. Do not fear the voice in your heart telling you it is too hard; fear you won’t be able to spread your message out far enough. Take a chance, start small and begin something. It doesn’t matter what you write, whether it is a thoughts in a diary or starting your own blog to tell the world about how cool your granny is, begin something and the rest will come. You don’t have to be a famous writer; you just have to love the words you write.

The Negative tone
Fear, it’s not something you should have as a writer. You think you have the ability to write, to make people happy, sad, excited or nervous, well that is not your responsibility to decide, it’s theirs. If you are afraid, but can’t use the fear to make it work, stop wasting your time and the readers.  You are just like every other want-a-be novelist, screenwriter and entertainer and there are a million of us to compete against. Who remembers the movie Wall Street, well, I’m rephrasing here for a purpose, “Fear clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the writers need for greed. Fear, in all of its forms; fear for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind.   Each chance someone takes and stumbles is one more opportunity for you, write for profit, write for fame and write for the accolades! Love of words doesn’t pay the bills, cold hard cash and royalty checks pay the bills.

Timor in bono est cupiditas.

That was not very pleasant to write if I’m being honest, glad thats done.


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