1) Decrease your fear
To decrease your fear, I recommend connecting to the reason why you decided to write in the first place. Was it to make a difference to someone else’s life? What if you decided not to write and your book could have helped someone? Relax your racing mind by going for a walk in nature.
2) Scrap perfection
A lot of writers are scared of getting it wrong. They want everything to be perfect, right from the start. I have heard that in the publishing industry there is a term called a shitty first draft. Now this doesn’t mean that your first draft is shit! But it gives you the permission for it not to be perfect. Do not worry about your spelling, punctuation or grammar. Don’t worry if your structure isn’t quite right. There is plenty of time to correct this once your first draft has been written.
3) Clear some space
If you are writing on a desk that is full of clutter in a room that is full of clutter then it’s no wonder that your mind is full of clutter! Clear some space in the room where you will write
I also recommend clearing some space in your mind. If you are binge-watching Netflix or spending hours aimlessly scrolling through your social media feeds, it’s unlikely you will feel motivated to write. If publishing your book and becoming an author is a priority you also need to clear some space in your mind. Block out designated writing time in your diary and, once you’re finished, then you can go back to Netflix!
Always remember: if you are self-publishing, it is your book on your terms. No one has to read a single word until you are ready.
Are you ready to write? I’d love to hear how you get on.