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Fear of the unwritten word….

When you first started writing, did you ever have a fear of having nothing interesting to say? Well, I did. I had a fear of the unwritten word. I remember when I first started writing. I was so scared that I wouldn’t have anything to talk about. In fact, that was my greatest fear. Fear that I wouldn’t be talented or smart enough to come up with interesting stories. I’m not sure why, but fear became my fuel; it motivated me to create.

My writing career began in ninth grade. I remember writing my first story. I started writing about my life, but after a few sentences I got so bored I started writing about gangsters. Needless to say, I wasn’t a gangster, but my imagination just ran wild and I couldn’t help it. I’ll be honest; if something doesn’t appeal to me, I just stop doing it. It’s the same with reading. The characters and the story have to really grab my attention in order for me to get into it.

I needed ideas, so I started reading books like "Catcher in the Rye" and "To Kill a Mockingbird" for inspiration. Those books inspired me and gave me all kinds of ideas. That’s why I recommend reading classic novels. In the end, we all need to find our own inspiration, something that will permanently cure our fear of the unwritten word.

I use the unwritten word as a metaphor for never believing I would be good enough at anything.


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