It Takes Courage – How To Share Your Writing

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It Takes Courage

It takes courage.

I know that many new writers are afraid to share their work with others. They worry that their writing isn’t good enough, that people will laugh at them, or that they’ll be rejected.

I understand these fears. I’ve been there myself. But I’m here to tell you that sharing your writing is one of the most important things you can do as a writer. It’s the only way to get feedback, to learn and grow, and to eventually become a published author.

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Why Are Writers Afraid to Share Their Work?

There are a few reasons why writers are afraid to share their work. One reason is that they’re afraid of rejection. They’ve heard stories about writers who have been rejected by agents and publishers, and they don’t want to experience that same rejection.

Another reason why writers might be hesitant to  share their work is that they’re afraid of criticism. They worry that people will judge their writing and find it to be lacking. They may also worry that people will laugh at them or make fun of their work.

Finally, some writers are simply afraid of putting themselves out there. They’re leery of being vulnerable and opening themselves up to criticism. They may also worry that people won’t understand their work or that they won’t be able to connect with their readers.

How to Overcome Your Fears

If you’re afraid to share your writing, there are a few things you can do to overcome your fears. First, it’s important to remember that everyone starts somewhere. Even the most successful authors were once novice writers who were afraid to share their work.

Second, it’s important to remember that rejection is a part of the writing process. Not everyone is going to love your writing, and that’s okay. The important thing is to keep writing and to keep submitting your work.

Third, it’s important to find a supportive community of writers. This could be a writing group, a workshop, or an online forum. Having a community of writers who can support you and offer feedback can make a big difference in overcoming your fears.

Finally, it’s important to remember that sharing your writing is a courageous act. It takes courage to put yourself out there and to open yourself up to criticism. But it’s also a rewarding act. When you share your writing, you connect with other people and you share your story with the world.

Here are a few real examples of published writers who were once or who still are afraid to share their work:

  • J.K. Rowling: The author of the Harry Potter series was so afraid to share her work that she wrote the first few chapters of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone under a pseudonym. She was afraid that people would laugh at her if they knew she was a woman writing a fantasy novel.
  • Stephen King: The author of The Shining and It was rejected by 30 publishers before it was finally published. King was so discouraged by the rejections that he nearly gave up on writing altogether.
  • Neil Gaiman: The author of American Gods and The Sandman was so afraid of public speaking that he would write his speeches out word for word and memorize them. He would also avoid eye contact with the audience.

Sharing your writing is a courageous act. It takes courage to put yourself out there and to open yourself up to criticism. But it’s also a rewarding act. When you share your writing, you connect with other people and you share your story with the world.

If you’re a novice writer who’s afraid to share your work, I encourage you to do it anyway. It takes courage, but it’s worth it.

Liz Brenner

Liz Brenner

Everyone has a story to tell.

Even you.

Especially you.

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