It’s cliché, I know, to hear words like “You can do it!” amidst your fears. Use it, however.
Suddenly you remember the famous line by Ralph Waldo Emerson saying, “Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.”
It does not work. Fear is trying to conquer you. Worst, the deadline is fast approaching. You still have a blank MS Word document.
I had those episodes believe me.
You have to do something. I suggest that instead of wallowing, why not welcome fear? Accept reality. Fear is natural.
Because admit it or not, fear will try to persist as you resist.
Face Your Fear
The question is – what do you fear when writing content?
Before you write, why not list them down?
Here are some of the fears content writers face:
It’s scary to receive rejections. Not far from happening, isn’t it? If you are a newbie, be ready for these possibilities of rejections.
You are not alone, I tell you. Nobody who had attempted writing for clients or businesses was exempt from this.
Are you just going to feel scared, haunted by the rejection setback?
Of course, you should not. You have to learn from this. Use this experience to do better.
Inability to deliver
“Do not overthink,” someone told me that. It makes sense because overthinking complicates matters.
Until a client accepts your offer and tells you afterward that you have to make some changes, do not be afraid. Do not get ahead and be frozen by a lot of thoughts that are not helpful.
Instead, think that you have to write well for the client. Remember that you are the voice of their brand or business.
Being stuck and can’t take action
Well, there has to be a reason why you get stuck and cannot go on. Your inability to progress depends not on any other individual but on you.
You wanted to improve as a content writer. You have to do something about it. Check your current skills. Are they rusty?
Train and socialize if needed. Learn from the experts. Perhaps you can learn a thing or two. You can be inspired, too, and get to the action.
End up quitting
I understand there are a lot of distractions – the noise that we get daily. When you are distracted by these noises, shift the gear and focus.
If you quit writing because you want to focus on more important things, that is understandable. Be sure that it is more valuable than writing content, or you will think of it with a sense of loss.
Fear is not fear until you succumb to it.
There is valuable learning from a renowned coach – read thrice, check twice, send once, with regards to copy or content. I think you can consider an analogy applicable to your attitude toward fear but in reverse – accommodate it once, monitor it twice, and reject it thrice.