Feel The Fear and do it anyway?

Today I made a decision to do something which has absolutely terrified me for years. I have signed up for a creative writing workshop - a two day novel-based course coming up in the next couple of weeks.

To anyone else that might not sound so scary, but I have always been petrified by the idea of sharing my writing with strangers. I don’t know what it is I am so afraid of, but the very thought of it gives me The Fear. However it’s far too late now - I’ve decided to take the plunge. Also I have already paid, so I’m going to have to go through with it and be brave.

With that in mind, I am back here again. It’s not so very adventurous I know, given that (so far!) I would estimate my current readership to be a grand total of nil. However, it’s still a step in the right direction.

In view of all this creative fear and angst, I’ve unearthed my copy of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way for artistic inspiration and support. I always find it a particularly peculiar book - perhaps just because I’m not always comfortable with the terminology used and the approach Cameron takes - there’s a bit too much about God and it has that slightly discomfiting ‘self-help’ quality to it. However, there’s no doubt that it’s a great source of inspiration to get going or to carry on when the going gets tough. It’s a good place to go for straight-to-the-point advice that always hits home: today I opened the book to read mistakes are necessary... progress, not perfection is what we should be asking of ourselves.

Couldn’t be better advice. As The Fear looms like a nightmare monster, I’m taking a quote from Henry David Thoreau as my motto: Go confidently in the direction of your dreams!


23 May 2008 at 09:12 sally said...


Thank you for linking to my blog.

I would wholeheartedly recommend doing a writing course and doing blogging. They are good things that help diminish the writing fear I think. I had a morbid dread of letting people read my writing, and a few months or so of 'blogging' and (almost) two writing courses down, I've had a lot of it knocked out of me. It works.

So yes. Excellent.

I will keep checking on here to see 'how it's going'. Good luck with the course.

Sally x

1 June 2008 at 17:50 Katherine Woodfine said...

Thanks for the good wishes Sally! I will take your word for it about all this and keep going...

Katherine x

ps. many apologies for the significant error in my first post :)

8 June 2008 at 08:48 Ann said...

love the new blog!
my favourite quote at the moment ....
'life shrinks and expands in proportion to one's courage'...
may it expand your universe ......
happy blogging!