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On redefining our relationship with fear

On redefining our relationship with fear

In On Being Stuck: Tapping into the Creative Power of Writer’s Block, Laraine Herring describes the moment she transitions a class of writers from battling some of their deepest writing fears to connecting with them. These are the fears that freeze inspiration at a writer’s core. Fears that no one will read what they’ve written — or that their kids will. The words of external naysayers internalized as voices of inner critics. Financial limitations. The fruitless investment of time.

I’ve felt every one of the fears above — and I could add many more to the list.

When routines fail

When routines fail

The idea of calling writing a practice did not occur to me until long after I had graduated from my MFA program — a year late with a manuscript I wanted to hide in a locked file cabinet, perhaps among the credit card statements old enough to shred.

I had gone after my degree so that I could teach. I had also hoped that doing the work while living with my husband would help me develop a successful writing routine while also learning to balance the rest of life alongside it. Integrating a two-time-zone commute into our year-old marriage could not have been farther from that ideal.