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I have discovered the cause of my writers block. I'm afraid of finishing my book. There are a lot of things that come with finishing the book that scare me. I have to try to sell it, someone will tell me if they like it or not, people will criticize. Basically, my dream of being a writer will die. I will either *be* a writer, or *not* be a writer. As long as its just a dream, there's no risk, no exposure. But the doing, thats a whole different story.

But I've decided that I'm not going to let this deter me. It's a loss in a way, a loss of the daydreams and fantasies about how wonderful writing would be. This allows me to have a day job to complain about and have something to hang my hat on at the end of the day. But right now, right here, I would rather hang my hat on being a writer. Allowing myself to say that I've written a novel, even if it's bad, is the next dream. I want to say that I did it, even when it scared me.

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I'm in a similar boat.

You should check out that book "The Courage to Write." It has lots of good stuff about overcoming your fears of writing, and also using your fears to make you a better writer. Interesting perspectives on the fear of writing from published and prolific writers, too. I found it eye-opening and reassuring.

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