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Fear and Loathing in the Archives: 5 Posts on Writing and Fear

As a contribution to the mini-series on writing and fear, here are 5 of my favourites from the archives.

Fear of the Dark

Stop Apologising For the Things You’ve Never Done

There’s a missing punch: you’ve backed away before you got to the killer blow, the repetition for effect, the slowing down to an unavoidably measured, significant pace, the delivery of the emotional truth. The ker-pow that you recognise when you read it (and when you write it)

10 Ways To Write Without Apology

It’s really hard to write with warmth, power, levity, authority, confidence… if you’re not feeling that way. Get into the habit of managing your state before you start to write. Get into the right frame of mind before you start – whether that’s music, reading, exercise, watching a youtube video or lighting a candle… find what works for you and do it.

Write Like a Black Belt: Guest Post by Lori Hoek

A karate black belt takes about four years to earn, and the process isn’t easy. Black belts must develop tough-mindedness along the way. Training teaches them in a stair-step process how to dig deep and press past pain, plateaus, and personal phobias. Physically, mentally, and emotionally they must face their limitations and overcome them.

To write with a black belt’s tenacity means pushing the envelope of everything related to writing.

(Thank you once again Lori - here’s where to go for more of her black belt work)

20 Things That Doubt Will Do, and 3 Things It Can’t


  • can make your stomach turn with nausea at the sight of your own name in print
  • throws up shadows
  • prowls
  • then pounces
  • is suspicious
  • is destructive

Heroes, Ripple Effects, and Community

Heroes – in myth, literature, and real life – take journeys, confront dragons (ie problems) and discover the treasure of their true selves.  Although they may feel very alone during the quest, at its end their reward is a sense of community; with themselves, with other people, and with the earth ~ Carol Pearson

[And this is why I blog.]


As a PS, I’ve been thinking about better ways to showcase some of the good stuff in the archives.  I do quite a lot to feature stuff, but I think I could do more.

What kind of techniques either technical or made-by-hand are you using to showcase your work at the moment?


Photo Credit: Fear of the Dark, by Stuant63

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  2. Lori Hoeck says:

    I still remember this line from your Stop Apologizing story: “Tell-Tale Signs that You’re Being Over Apologetic…{#}3) You spend as many words justifying what you’re saying as saying it.” Good stuff.

    Thank you for the mention and link!

    Hope all’s well in your world. I don’t get around as much these days on the blogs, but with my recent writing doldrums, I might have to delve into your archives again!

  3. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    @Lori Hoeck: Hi Lori, that really is a most excellent tell-tale sign! I was glad to mention that post again. All is well here, and the archives are always open :-)