For various reasons I’ve been thinking about what holds people back from submitting/publishing their work. Fear of criticism comes up a lot. As if somehow if someone doesn’t like it, or disagrees with it, it means you shouldn’t have published it, or the work was wasted or something. We are all … [Read more...] about You aren’t trying to win an argument
You are an intelligent person. You have successfully completed an advanced degree, secured a position, maybe even already have tenure. You may have won competitive scholarships along the way. (If you are still doing your PhD, you have still accomplished much. Getting into your program is no mean … [Read more...] about What are you scared of?
I've had more than one client recently worry about their inability to get down to their writing. This is not a minor problem. It can lead you to question your ability to do the work you are doing and to question your own identity. If you aren't an academic and a writer, who are … [Read more...] about You are not a procrastinator: Will you look like a fool?
Here are some other things you might want to read related to the theme Making Writing Less Scary. "Fear" by Chris Jones, published in March 2011 at his blog Son of Bold Adventure (This post is no longer available on his site.) Before my best stories—even when I’m nearly sure they will be good, … [Read more...] about Making Writing Less Scary: links
Are you telling yourself that you should be doing something that you really don't think is valuable? Are there gremlins telling you that the work you want to be doing isn't really scholarly? Or that it's unfashionable ("No one publishes that kind of thing these days."). Or, that it's not the kind … [Read more...] about Permission to do the scholarly work you want to do