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What is the scariest part of the writing process?

LMAStoryteller
Thu, 28 Jan 2016 03:12:29 GMT

Personally the scariest part of the writing process is starting the process. It's hard for me to put down my first step because I fear whatever project I'm working on isn't worth it. I fear that my work will never match up with any of the greats no matter how much work I put in it. The beginning of a novel, flash fiction, or short story is always the hardest for me because I have to get over my own insecurities. I'm learning to push past it. I know now that no first draft is a perfect draft. What is the hardest or scariest part of the writing process for you? Also how do you get over it? And what would be your advice for me or others?

AlexWinter
Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:58:57 GMT

For me the scariest moment is reading through the first draft of a story. I never know if it's really bad to the point of being unfixable, or if it's actually ok.

BustinBriefs
Thu, 02 Feb 2017 07:20:26 GMT

The scariest part of writing is showing my work to fellow writers. I know they're going to find things I missed, hadn't thought of, weaknesses in plot and characters. But I'm working hard at releasing my fears: 1. Writing warm-up exercises can be really helpful. There's plenty of prompt material online. Pick a topic and free-flow write. Some weird and bonkers stuff sometimes appears that will feed into the current WIP too. If not, you'll still have done some writing and kept that muscle working. 2. Also, I read somewhere recently about a woman who'd "failed harder" or something like that. Basically, keep writing and definitely keep submitting. I'm aiming to submit a lot more this year, and to hell with the fear and the rejection. I know it'll all help. 3. Being part of a kind but honest writing group is also a fab thing.

ssnedeker
Fri, 03 Feb 2017 15:52:07 GMT

Editing! It is so much more fun to trail blaze into a new idea, discover whatever that particular setting and characters have in store for you. Editing is the nitty-gritty, tough work of being a writer, but I guess something we all have to endure.

RebeccaMayHope
Fri, 03 Feb 2017 20:09:01 GMT

Submitting. Deciding that it's ready to go "out the door" and finding the right place to submit it to. Then waiting and wondering if you were way of the mark and your work is simply not marketable. (**chews fingernails**)

AMD34342
Sun, 05 Feb 2017 22:08:56 GMT

Editing, for sure. I am always anxious that I will take out something valuable and replace it with something less interesting. But, this is why I keep copies of every draft saved, that way I can never truly lose something in the editing process.

bethanybendtwrites
Wed, 08 Feb 2017 06:54:27 GMT

As others have said, the editing process, particularly getting into second or third rewrites when sometimes you gotta make tough choices about what stays and what should be thrown out the window altogether. I also worry that I'm not looking at my work objectively, so I have a few fellow writers whose opinion I really trust and show my work to when I'm getting into the nitty-gritty of edits.

maloy_das
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 22:43:32 GMT

For me, submitting it somewhere. The fear that readers won't take to it the way you want them to!

pferrante
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:35:57 GMT

I would have to say going from that first draft to a second draft. For me that's the stage where I start to question whether my idea is worthwhile at all.

alexhulahoops
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:14:23 GMT

Actually sitting down and writing is definitely the worst for me. Scared of never getting into the flow.

macbowers
Wed, 11 Jul 2018 21:47:49 GMT

For me, the scariest (but also most exciting) part of the writing process is the first draft. There's just something about not fully knowing where the story is going and having to trust your gut as you write that I find a little intimidating.

arieljane
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 02:55:07 GMT

The scariest part of the writing process for me is when I first let someone read a draft. That initial fear of rejection is always very strong, even though I know that afterwards I'll feel so much better.

alby05
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 19:15:21 GMT

The scariest part for me is the fear that when you're done writing, your story won't have come out how you want to and you'll have to rewrite it. . . which has happened to me before! It's a very long, tedious process, and pretty discouraging, too!

maxp12
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 16:47:25 GMT

Well, after the blank page of course, I'd have to say handing it over to the people I trust to offer comments, edits.

reading_jewell
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:51:02 GMT

I agree that both the getting started part and the first phase of feedback, when you hand over that initial draft to friends, writing groups, etc for constructive criticism, are both the scariest parts. At least for me, they are!

jen987558
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:34:23 GMT

Probably starting it is the hardest part for me. I'm also a perfectionist, so it's hard for me not to get it right in the first draft.

Keaneja
Wed, 01 Aug 2018 04:44:08 GMT

The first sentence can be scary because you want to start the story off with a compelling beginning to keep the reader engaged.

valelinz
Fri, 24 Aug 2018 17:03:28 GMT

I disagree with the majority. For me, starting to write a book was the easiest. In my first book, I spent about five minutes thinking about what to write, so I wrote something like "It's hard to start writing a book" and I started to develop a narrative from it. My literary style is as if I were telling a story to the reader, with my voice as a very present writer. Thing like these to me are work stuff! But for me the most scary moment is when I finish doing the edidting. I have ADHD, I am extremely inattentive, and I always think that there are still several errors, several inconsistencies. However, I like to finish writing a book.

Keaneja
Fri, 24 Aug 2018 19:02:01 GMT

One of the scariest parts for me when I start writing and you're not sure if the story will be any good.

Destinym0098
Tue, 20 Nov 2018 17:02:41 GMT

Mine is no one liking it, and you are on the stage embrassed and humiliated. I want that fear to go away and have confidence in my writing

Daniel B.
Fri, 04 Jan 2019 17:59:38 GMT

This is a common fear for many people, and I sympathize. And yet, I think that once you've written enough , the dread of the opening sentence starts to diminish. The same mentality that goes into starting a comment on this web page should go into starting your writing piece: just get something down (for now). My writing mentor once told me that writing is more feeling than cerebral, which means that if we over think the first sentence, we're acting on rationality rather than telling a story from the heart. For me, the first edit of a story once it's complete is the hardest. That's where the real insecurities come in. Students don't want to edit their work; not because they think it's perfect on the first draft, but because they're afraid of returning to how insecure their voice on paper sounds. It must be accepted - the first draft always reads bad. But if you can recognize where the mistakes are, then you now you're getting better as a writer.

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