“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” –Stephen King
Writing is not easy. There’s no getting around it. It’s even harder when you lack the motivation to pick up that pen or open up that blank word document and actually begin the process. The worst is when the lack of motivation is caused not by apathy, but by fear.
There are many doubts that go through writers of all skill levels minds’ after they’ve finished their outline and are ready to begin writing, myself included. Some of the questions I ask myself are these: are the themes that I want to write about too dark? If I’ve never gone through what one of my characters is going through, will I be able to portray it accurately? Is my story too boring? Are the motivations of my characters strong enough? Are the stakes high enough?
“If we wait until we are ready, we’ll be waiting the rest of our lives.” – Lemony Snicket
The doubts you may have as a writer are natural, but they shouldn’t keep you from taking the dive and start swimming. The only way to get past these fears and move on is to simply write. It can only get better from there. You’ll soon feel more comfortable with your own writing and before you know it, those fears you had in the beginning won’t seem as important anymore.
If you still have lingering doubts after writing your story, that’s okay too. Take a step back from you writing for a few weeks and come back to it with a different mindset. Revise you writing as much as you need to. The most important thing you need to do, though, is to keep writing no matter what. That’s the only way to grow and improve.
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” –Toni Morrison
Being worried about your writing can be a good thing. It means you truly care about your project and you want to be able to make it the best that it can possibly be. Hopefully it holds some place in your heart and you get excited about it when you think about telling the story. For me at least, that’s how I know a story idea is a keeper.