For the very first guest post ever on The Fear List, I am pleased to present guest writer V.V. Denman! To learn more about V.V., make sure and check out her bio at the end of this post. To view more of her writing, visit her blog at vvdenman.com. Please make her welcome by leaving some comments to support and encourage this witty writer of God’s Word!
What Are You Afraid of? Write Already!
by V.V. Denman
I want to be a writer, but sometimes I suffer from graphophobia (the fear of writing). It’s not something I’m proud of, but there it is.
Once at a writer’s conference, the audience was asked to write a description of this or that. I experienced a touch of scriptophobia (the fear of writing in public).
Then there was the day I startled at my daughter’s spelling list. I thought I had a mild case of logophobia (the fear of words), but it was merely sesquipedalophobia (the fear of long words). Boy was I relieved.
I managed all right until I got cyberphobia (the fear of working on computers). After that, I couldn’t meet with my online support group. I tried to write them a letter but suffered from papyrophobia (the fear of paper). Paper cuts hurt, you know.
It could be worse, though. I once knew a girl with bibliophobia (the fear of books). I think she’s on television now.
Writing scares lots of people.
After all, we have thousands of years of exemplary prose that we’re trying to live up to. Not to mention the fact that someone might read our writing and think something. Bad.
Imagine these horrifying writing scenarios:
- Someone doesn’t like my writing.
- I hit send, then notice a typo.
- I receive a harsh critique.
- Someone hurts my feelings.
- It takes a LONG time to get published.
There is much to fear.
Well, guess what. We don’t have to worry about those things. They are definitely going to happen.
I don’t intend to make you feel worse, but fear is irrelevant. It all boils down to atelophobia (the fear of imperfection), but none of us are perfect, and all of us can write.
Think of the fun we can have, and consider the difference we can make in the lives of others.Sure, we’ll have some difficult days, but look on the bright side: at least we don’t have to fear the unexpected.
You don’t have to be a famous novelist before you write. Just pick up a pen and paper, or sit down in front of your keyboard. Write down some words. Send them to a friend. Share them online. Make someone smile. It’s worth getting a case of the nerves.
If you suffer from isolophobia (the fear of being alone) or ataxophobia (the fear of untidiness), writing may not be for you. Seek professional help.
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity
(of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear),
but He has given us a spirit of power and of love
and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.
2 Timothy 1:7 Amplified Bible