Raising Hell: A Little Bit of Fear

A few days ago I finished the outline for Raise Hell Issue 2. I love what I came up with and think it's definitely the right direction to take my story. That hasn't made writing it any easier.

There's this myth, this dirty little rumor, among people who are learning a new skill that once you've done it for a while, the fear will go away. You'll sit down in front of the computer every day with all the confidence in the world and the words will just pour from you.

It doesn't.

I think I mentioned in the post about writing every day that when you've been doing something every day, the process becomes easier. That's true.

But the real work you have to do, the most important stuff, that'll always scare you, I think.

And it should.

It scares you because it's important. You put yourself into it. When people like it or hate it, they like or hate you.

Steven Pressfield says that "Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember our rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it." He's right, you know. That's how you should pick the projects you want to work on.

Does it terrify you? Do you find yourself leaning to other projects because they're easier?

Good. You know just what you have to do.

Now get out there and do it.