You’re at your favorite writing spot and equipped with every notebook, pen, and pencil that you desire. Everything is set up just right and even your plan for your writing is ready to pour out of you. But you listen to the clock and you check your phone and you grab a cup of water and for some reason you just really have to clean. For some reason you are anxious and afraid of writing and the only way to avoid it is by distraction. Being afraid of writing is natural. It is hard work and demanding. It is equally important to know that you are not alone in your fear and there are ways to cope with these feelings.
Understand Your Fear
In this situation you are frantic; running from errand to errand or simply distracted in your own idleness but either way you face it, it is vital you become introspective. You have to seek to understand why you’re anxious and scarred. Some may be concerned with that level of introspection, but it is only in confronting the fear and seeking to understand it that you’ll become able to move on from it.
Understanding your fear is as simple as recognizing the fact you don’t want to mess up. It is also realizing all you’ve done to elevate your work in progress that now it looks like an achievable construct. Whatever the issue is, it is largely self-made, but it doesn’t make it any less scary. In realization there is only more doubts.
Fear and anxiety are natural process that are tying to stop you from doing something different, that’s all. Nothing more and nothing less (unless we’re talking about major anxiety problems but that’s a different story). You’re afraid, make peace with that but know that it doesn’t control you. You are beyond any one of your emotions and fear/anxiety are just single emotions. They cannot imprison you. Find peace in that realization.
Go For It
It will still suck at first. Writing will feel like a chore for the first bit, like some great laborious task that someone else wished upon you. As you are plowing through these feelings remember that you want this. You want to write because you relish in telling stories. Little bits of effort will topple into one another creating a larger and larger impact on your work. Stick through it and your work will thank you.