Are you terrified of writing?

Last Update: August 20, 2018

When I first got started in this industry, I was terrified of writing articles or blogging.

Here are some fears that ran through my mind:

  • My grammar and spelling are awful.
  • What will people, my family or friends will think?
  • Suppose no one likes what I write.
  • What if I offend someone?
  • I'm not a professional writer.
  • Why would anyone want to read what I have to write?
  • What can I really add that someone else hasn't covered?

Does any of this sound familiar?

If it does, you're in great company. I think a lot of bloggers and people you may read have felt the same thing. And yet you're reading their blogs and articles all the time.

How to get over the fear of writing?

Pick the right niche or topic.

If you're picking a niche that you're not really passionate about or have knowledge of, it's going to show in your writing. Your audience will probably see it too. This will lead you into even more insecurities and fear. So avoid that by writing what you know about or love. People will be able to sense this and react accordingly. You'll also be a lot more confident because it will be like a normal conversation which brings me to my point.

Write like you talk.

I came from a Corporate America background where my writing was always scrutinized by my department head who must have been a freaking English major in a past life. Prior to working there I had a lot of confidence in my writing. My teachers always complimented me on it. Granted, my grammar was never perfect, but the spirit of my writing usually overshadowed that. But for years my confidence was shot because of this manager. Initially I tried to write very corporate. It was boring and I didn't really get the feedback I longed for. One day I decided to start writing in more of a conversational style. I injected my humor and my voice. Bingo! It resonated with people. I discovered that most people prefer conversational articles.

Write Reviews

A lot of times when you're starting a blog you may run into writer's block because you've exhausted the number of ways you can talk about a given niche. Fortunately, if you picked the right niche there are probably tons of products and services you can write reviews on. Reviews are by far one of the easiest styles of writing because you're just following a format that consists of:

  • Intro to the product or service
  • What it does
  • The Things You Like
  • The Things You Don't like (or complaints)
  • Where to buy?
  • Do you recommend this or not?

There are a lot of variations to this. But you get the point. You can literally do this for years to come and I have. So if you can follow a format like that and picked a niche with a lot of products or services, you'll always have content to write.

PRO TIP: If reviews aren't your cup of tea, there are plenty of other article types you can use:

Use WA Blogs

I've really come to love the WA's blog system. Sure, it's great for the whole community and help aspect. But did you realize it's the perfect tool to help you boost your confidence and improve your writing? When you blog here you get to see what type of blog post will get a reaction. You learn how to communicate with others via comments which you'll be doing with your own blog. You get to figure out what your voice is or should be. And best of all, it's in a friendly environment that is encouraging. This will help boost your confidence when it comes to writing in the wild.

It's ok to be scared....

At the end of the day, your fear is natural and normal. The reality is your first couple of articles and blog posts are going to suck unless you're a professional writer or English major. I look back at some of my early writing and I cringe. But that's how you get better. Fortunately, you have WA blog system so you can literally practice here until you feel confident enough to get out in the real world.

Either way, you can't use your fear as an excuse. You have to just get out there and start writing. It's the only way to improve. But hopefully some of these tips will help you get up to speed faster.

And for you English majors out there, yes, my article is probably riddled with grammar and spelling errors. Sorry about that. But I have discovered that most people don't really care and it's never really hindered the money I've made online. Most people tend to find my blog posts informative and/or entertaining. So there! LOL

Let me know what you guys think down below by leaving a comment. Did you find this useful? Are there other tips you want to share? Chime in.

Eddy with a y

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dominic16 Premium
Thank you Eddy for your wonderful advice. The way I get through my fear of writing is by chanting mantras. The mantra I am using whenever I don't have the motivation to write is:
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey whatever works for you Dominic. As long as you're pushing forward.
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Mary1316 Premium
Hi Eddy.. I am glad Kyle sent me the link to your blog. I am really not confident when it comes to writing, I think am scared of being critisized especially when it comes to my grammar. After reading this, It makes me realize that it shouldn't stop me from believing in myself.

Thanks!
Mary
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Mary,

I'm glad this article helped. We all have various fears. But as long as you do your best to help people in your content, most people will focus on that. So push forward. You'll just get better as you do more of it.
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FranDL Premium
Great article, Eddy. Years ago working for a Government contractor I wrote studies/reports on various programs in the U.S. Military. I was pretty good but that was almost 20 years ago and a different animal from developing a website and/or blogging. I need to redevelop writing skills and practice makes perfect. I have recently discovered Grammarly which I have just added to my Chrome extensions. That may give me a little more confidence with my writing.

You have been an inspiration to me since I first read blogs you have on the web on ways to make money online. It was one of your blogs that brought me to WA.

Just getting started at WA but I intend to make the most of all the experience. Thank you for all you do.
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Fran,

You'll do fine especially if you follow the advice I laid out here. Writing for the government sounds way more difficult than writing for a blog. So if you were able to do that, you'll be able to blog. It should actually be easier since you can write in your real voice. It doesn't have to be as formal and tight. And don't worry too much about having perfect grammar. As long as you're helping people solve their problem, they're happy. That's your main goal with a blog.
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Boothe Premium
You're 100% right, people prefer to read "real" and honest writing over professionally written material. That's what sells best most of the time.

I love writing and blogging and I like to think I'm pretty good. When I don't write, it's usually not out of fear. It's because I can't concentrate! Go figure. Well, I guess it's a discipline that just takes practice.
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EddySalomon Premium
Indeed. I'm glad you don't have any problems writing.
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Boothe Premium
Other than like I said, being able to sit down and focus on just writing. Lol! Have you ever had that problem?
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EddySalomon Premium
Yes I have and I don't write when I have those issues. The writing will come out like crap. I only write when I feel inspired. That said writing reviews tends to make things very easy since I'm just following a format. And nowadays I just outsource my writing and spend my time editing it. So it's not as much of a problem anymore.
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Boothe Premium
Yeah, reviews definitely seem to help speed the process along, they are easier to write. Still, some of my posts require a lot of though and detail. When I'm not feeling it, it doesn't happen. LOL

But I have been told that practice and habit-forming will eventually make that easier. I think it will just take some time doing it consistently.

I don't think about outsourcing yet because I'm still just getting started, but I might hit you up for advice when I think I might be ready for that. ;)
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EddySalomon Premium
Sounds good.
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2ndincome411 Premium
Heck Yeah I found this useful. I need to get over my fear and just take the plunge. I find myself even in emails to my kids' teachers checking my grammar and making sure I sound "edu-ma-cated" enough....the fear is REAL! So now after reading your article, I will just be myself and not try to be like anyone else...though I still may check my spelling...I can't help it.:-)

Thanks again Eddy for a great article and encouragement to just go for it.

~Mandu
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EddySalomon Premium
Hey Mandu,
I'm glad it resonated with you. And yes it's great that you still spell check. That's actually one thing I'm pretty consistent with for the most part. lol

But at the end of the day don't try to sound like anyone else but yourself. Your blog is your personal voice. And in real life our personal voice can be informal, broken, sarcastic, witty, funny or whatever your personality happens to be.

Let that shine in your content and it will be much easier to write. And your audience will enjoy it more.
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