Top 10 Writerly Fears; Also, #NaNoWriMo

Halloween is scary. Writerly fears are scary. Therefore, a non-scary (I hope) pic of me with my Halloween facepaint totally fits the subject of this post. No, really, it does. Click to embiggen!

Hello, my darlings. I’m sorry you’ve heard nothing from me all week! Alas and alack, all of my wordage has gone toward National Novel Writing Month, the insane challenge of writing a 50,000-word novel during the month of November.

I undertake it every year because I am a crazy person.



Most happily, the daily word count average is 1,667. As of this blogposting, I am the happy writer-owner of 14,200 words, which puts me about 5 days ahead of where I need to be. My story is the low sci-fi adventure Elevator People (working title), and it is going quite cramazingly. Thank you for asking. : )

I have a couple thousand more words to pound out tonight. So, without further ado or adon’t, here is a top ten list to entertain you!

Top 10 Writerly Fears


  1. Every image I use is cliché.
  2. My character doesn’t have a clear voice.
  3. I am a one-trick pony. (I.e. everyone loved my last book — what if the next one sucks?)
  4. My friends are going to disapprove.
  5. My family is going to disown me.
  6. I can’t execute the requested edits.
  7. I can’t make this story long enough.
  8. I can’t make this story short enough.
  9. I’m going to invest ten years in this writing business and then find out I should’ve done something else.
  10. I’m never going to get any better at this.


I should note, perhaps, that only a few of these are my personal fears, and they only rear their ugly heads upon occasion.

How about you? Do these fears match any of yours?

Which writerly fears can you think of that I didn’t mention?

The comments are yours. Weigh in! : )

* Facepainting design based on designs by Fancy Faces Face Painting. (Used by permission.)

2 thoughts on “Top 10 Writerly Fears; Also, #NaNoWriMo

  1. I actually came over here looking for one of your posts to cite. Then I got stuck reading (a good thing!). As to the fears…wow. Um, yes. Most of those are all too familiar. Namely, 7 – 10. With 4 and 5 thrown in as a garnish. 🙂

    As for you…whether or not I “approve” isn’t relevant. I’m pretty sure I’ll still be your friend. 🙂

  2. Well, you don’t have 4 to worry about with me either, Bex. Absolutely no worries on that account. ; )

    The one that’s been bothering me the mostly frequently of late is 3. I think it’s because I’m working on something new (NaNo novel), and my Inner Critic likes to taunt me with that particular doubt when I face the challenge of anything new. It’ll subside at some point. Especially after I’ve pounded the crap out of it during November~

    And it’s good to hear you got stuck reading. Yay, I’m doing something right! ; )

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