by Sage Cohen
The writing life presents endless opportunities to meet fear. Facing the blank page, sending work out for publication, and reading to an audience can all be triggers. Fear is neither good nor bad—it’s simply an emotional weather vane that lets us know where we are meeting or anticipating challenge.
Fear becomes a problem when we do (or don’t do) something to try to avoid feeling it. And this is what too many of us are in the habit of doing. For example, if we let the fear of rejection prevent us from pitching or querying or submitting, we are ensuring that we’ll never realize our aspirations. Even worse, we’re reinforcing fear’s position as captain of our craft. But when we consciously work with fear, we can actually harness this energy source in ways that support our writing goals and enhance our writing experience. Here are 10 ways to do it.
One of the most dedicated writers to grace VoiceCatcher’s pages and to participate in our community is VC4 poetry editor Sage Cohen. Read her poetry, books, articles, and blog (Path of Possibility), and you know you are in the presence of someone who cares deeply about language and writing as a way of life. WritersDigest.com published this article on January 2, 2012.