'Your Writing Coach' by Jurgen Wolff also makes this point stating that the number one obstacle on your road to success is you. It's a hard opening statement but one that is often ignored in a world of numerous creative writing course and writing guides. There are huge parts of becoming a successful writer that are somewhat beyond our control, such as market fluctuations and whether a prospective publisher is in a good mood the day he reads your manuscript, but what we write and they way we write it are not.
Jurgen Wolff explains in Chapter One that the obstacles we give ourselves stem from a fears which he calls The Seven Big Fears:
- The fear of rejection
- The fear that it won't be good enough
- The fear of success
- The fear of revealing too much
- The fear that you have only one book in you
- The fear that you're too old
- The fear of being overwhelmed by research
Do you recognise some of them in you? I was immediately able to identify with three of them. All writers encounter fears at some point, we would not be human if we did not, but what is important is how we overcome them and not allow them to hinder what we do.
I will be doing seven follow-up blogs on this exploring each of the fears and how they effect writers as well as how they can be overcome.