by Paul Klee
Nike got it right when they told the world to just do it. This can apply to everything. When fear stops you in your tracks, take a deep breath and do it anyway.
As a writer, I face my fears everyday. Of not being good enough...afraid that what I'm writing is crap or that I'll never have an interesting idea again. And you know what? I sit and face that dreaded blank page and take a deep breath and write anyway. And you know what else? Sometimes it's crap. So what! You have to start somewhere.
I had the privilege of meeting local writer Sage Cohen at a writer's festival last year. She has written an excellent article for Writer's Digest entitled "10 Ways to Harness Fear and Fuel Your Writing." Everyone can benefit from reading this piece, whether you're a writer or not. Art is life. Life is art. The process is the process no matter who you are or how you express yourself.
Thanks Sage for such sage advice (pardon the pun, but I couldn't help myself!) Have a look at what she has to say and then go and plunk yourself down and have your way with the empty page. Don't edit yourself...just do it!