Often you’ll find that there are one or more reasons that hinder you from getting going on that important project. Here are a four of the biggest:
Fear of Failure?
This is very common and it has definitely happened to me. When I wrote my first feature article for VIA many years ago, I was very concerned that the editor wouldn’t like my writing and that she would either ask for a total rewrite or, much worse, tell me I wasn’t good enough to be in the magazine. The reality? She really liked the piece and made only minor changes.
Fear of Success?
This does affect some writers. They may wonder how their lives will change if they do become very successful and well-known. Some really value their privacy, so they may not want to be approached when they’re in public. Others may wonder if success will change them in bad ways – perhaps they’ll become like some of those unpleasant famous people they detest. Still other people may wonder if they’ll be able to follow up on an initial success with a string of other successes.
Concern About What Others Will Think?
This still happens to me, and it’s related to fear of failure. Just accept that there will always be people who don’t like what you write, but there will be far more people who do like what you write. I get around this by thinking about a specific sympathetic person who does like my writing (see #5 below for more on this).
Lack of Interest in Your Topic?
Many freelance writers wind up working on topics that bore them. For example, if you keep getting assignments dealing with finance, yet you have no interest in finance, it will be hard to make yourself complete those assignments.
Look for the cause or causes, and once you get your finger on them, question their validity. Frequently you’re blowing something way out of proportion, or you are viewing the project from a negative perspective instead of a positive perspective.
About 50 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block and Procrastination
This post is an expansion of one of the 50 methods for getting your writing done that I explain in my Kindle ebook 50 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block and Procrastination. It’s just $2.99 on Amazon.
Do you ever ask yourself why you have writer’s block? Is it any of the four reasons discussed above, or do you have different reasons? Tell us below in the comments.