It's been so long since I've blogged about writing I almost don't know what to write about. But never fear.
Fear is deadly. Fear can stop you mid-keystroke. Fear can turn scenes meant to be emotional, suspenseful, erotic, or whatever into skim-worthy-then-close-the-book prose.
Fear is the underlying reason some writers don't dig deep enough. Fear of what they'll find when they dig into themselves.
Fear is why some writers pull their words like a fighter pulling his punch. These writers don't want readers to know their innermost thoughts, or even thoughts from a character.
Fear is the reason some writers give up after years of work. Fear they're getting close to success - close to finally selling a manuscript - and not wanting to accept the realities that brings.
Don't let fear knock you down.
Look it in the eye. Tell it to go find someone else to pick on.
You're not going to take it anymore.