Eleanor Roosevelt said, “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face – you must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” This is, of course, excellent advice for living. It is also excellent advice for writing. If you want your writing to have juice and flavor, one of the best ways is to write about what scares you. Be honest and raw and courageous – look your fear in the face and then describe that face of fear in words – every wrinkle, every pimple, every discoloration. Yes, you could write about your fear of spiders, but maybe writing about your fear of being alone would be a braver exercise. Or write about the time when you were the most frightened. Let us be there with you – how did you show how scared you were? What were the sounds and smells of this experience? What did it teach you?
Fear is the most powerful emotion we have after love. If you can write about it with honesty and courage, your writing too will have power. Go ahead, be brave today.
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