Ancient curses, vengeful ghosts, hungry zombies.
It’s the season of scares and nothing is more horrifying than an unhappy writer (well, maybe the zombies). Do you find yourself haunted by unmet deadlines? Creating characters that look like skeletons? Using too many adjectives for your Halloween blog? For many of us, writing is as terrifying as a lonely walk through the creepy woods at dark midnight (more adjectives – we can’t stop). But unlike those screaming victims, you’re not alone. Need a little help with your writing nightmares? There’s still time to sign up for a Fall class.
To celebrate Halloween we asked students, staff, and social media what scares them the most about (cue spooky music) writing.
Everything! that’s why I do it.
I’m afraid I’m going to be sitting on a park bench when a snow-laden bough above me snaps and cuts my life short. I’m afraid I’ll get in a terrible car accident. I’m afraid of all these things that are totally fruitless to worry about but that would nevertheless ensure, among much worse things, that I never get to finish any project I spent timeless hours laboring over in some lonely, windowless room.
Coming to terms with your first draft. It won’t be perfect. Keep writing. Make it pretty later.
No matter how much I plan and plot, the fear of a sagging middle gets me every time. *sigh*
Not getting your story across.
Starting is the scariest part. Good thing Anne Lamott taught us we can write shitty first drafts.