Daily Writing Tip: Fear

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Steven King, author of On Writing, says this is a major writing dilemma: “I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing. . . . Dumbo got airborne with the help of a magic feather . . . Dumbo didn’t need the feather; the magic was within him.”

Comments (3)

Bruce Parker
RE/MAX Best - Highland Park, NJ

Fear of criticism or fear of bad grammer? Just write. I read a book on great writers once and the consistent advice was to write, write ,write

Jun 28, 2011 03:24 AM
Catherine Rayburn-Trobaugh
CRT Commercial Media - Marble, NC

The full quote is that fear of the reader not understanding causes the overuse of adverbs and adjectives, but I think the idea of fear covers more. Yes, you are right--in order to write you have to get it down on paper even if it isn't good.  Real writing is in the rewrite.  If I may quote King again: “Write with the door closed; rewrite with the door open.”  Do your first draft for your own clarity and style, but do your rewrites for your audience.

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Jun 28, 2011 03:38 AM
Bill & Cyndi Daves
Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond! - Hiawassee, GA
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Cathy - You are so wonderfully correct.  I sometimes feel like I have nothing in my head and then I start to let the random thoughts flow.  Afterwards, when I am in a more creative mode I can do my rewrites with ease since the foundation is there.

Jun 29, 2011 04:41 AM