Embracing ‘The Fear’


Sometimes, I read an article and think ‘yes!’.

I read a post written by Cherie Lucas Rowlands, a writer and editor for Automattic (WordPress.com, Longreads) which talks about the ebb and flow of a writer. How opportunity, support and guidance can dictate the amount of time and importance you are able to place on improving as a writer, about the varying degrees of writing space and luxury she was afforded and how she adapted to immerse herself in this. I love to stumble across posts such as these, it’s always fascinating to read other people’s journeys as a writer. It feels voyeuristic somehow.

What resonated most was that even somebody whose writing career inspires others to blossom is still struck with ‘the fear’. Cherie tells us that ‘imposter syndrome’ follows her, even to her most successful writing workshops, and I take heart from this. Not because I am cruel or uncaring, but because when that same fear rests its chin on my shoulder I can flick it away knowing it’s just there to taunt me into doing better.

I’d love you to read this post, unfortunately, Cherie does not feature a reblog button so I have provided you with a link here.



About Nicola Auckland

Busy wife to one & mum to two. I've caught the creative writing bug, now need to practice, get awesome and write something worth reading. Simples.
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4 Responses to Embracing ‘The Fear’

  1. curtisbausse says:

    Yes, in some ways our public face is a front which we have to adopt to be taken seriously. But at some point, for me about 2/3 into the writing, a jarring doubt tells me I’ve got it all wrong and now it’s too late to turn back. I think it’s because although we do learn a little from practice and experience, each story is a new beginning and we have no guarantee it won’t go disastrously wrong.


  2. Thanks for tis post and the link to Cheri’s. Lots of good stuff to start the week off right.


  3. It’s the same in software development. Programmers always think they don’t know enough and have an inner fear of being “found out”. Good read. Thx for sharing.


  4. Chuck says:

    Thanks for sharing this post.


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