Creativity / Perception / writing

Writing Wednesday: Fear of Foolishness

Last week I talked about how easy it is to come up with story ideas. Well, if that’s the case, then why is it so hard to write them?

I know for me it’s mostly fear.

I have a fear that extends outside of my writing – that pretty much has ruled my life. The fear of looking like I don’t know what I’m doing, or translated more accurately: the fear of looking foolish. This is reflected in all sorts of things – a refusal to ask questions when I don’t understand something. Standing stiff as a dead person when singing karaoke because I’m afraid I’d look silly if I move. But I love karaoke enough that I tell myself that my voice is good enough I don’t haveto move. If I thought I sounded bad I would never sing in the first place (again, because I would seem a fool.)

How do you overcome fear?

Push yourself and confront it. In my “youth” I had a fear of heights. I never really lost that fear, but I pushed through it by deliberately crawling around in the lighting above the stage, or in barn rafters, or in trees. Nowadays, the most daring I do (or is it derring do?) is climbing on the roof to decorate for Halloween and Christmas (no more trees for me.) But I still make myself do it.

It helps to know exactly what you’re afraid of (yes, you can’t solve a problem or defeat an enemy if you can’t accurately name it.) My fear of heights is really a fear of falling (I know this because I love sitting in the window seat on a plane and watching the ground go by below.) So I address the actual fear – planes almost never fall, so as long as I stay in the plane I’ll be fine.

This is pretty much what I do in writing. I tell myself that this is only the first draft, and I can go back and fix what’s wrong with the story before I show it to anyone else, so no one will see my foolishness (if a man acts a fool in the woods and there’s no one to witness it, was he really being foolish?) Funny thing is, once I get the story out, the warts that I was worried about seem a lot smaller than they were when I started.

Don’t let your fear stop you. Write!

Just saying…


Gladius2CoverThis week’s Smashword’s coupon is for “Gladius”:

What security is there in the loyalty of slaves?

Gladius has served his Betelgeusean owners faithfully since he was first abducted from Taurus, but he’s about to find out that loyalty isn’t always a two-way street, and not all slaves are willing to settle for their lot. Maybe he’s not as bull-headed as he appears.

Use coupon code WT63N to get 67% off the cover price at Smashwords (that’s only 99-cents – such a deal!) – it’s good until August 20th. Here’s the link:

“Gladius” is also available in the collection – More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND.


ScentOfTheCrimeCover9 more days to preorder Detective Jimmy Delaney story #4: “The Scent of the Crime”:

Detective Jimmy Delaney finds himself involved in yet another murder. He knows something smells in Barnstow, but can he use that to find the killer?

“The Scent of the Crime” is a short, private detective fiction set in the near future, with a slight sci-fi element fiction. And a little humor (Jimmy likes to think of himself as Sam Spade, but has more in common with Jim Rockford.) This one started just because I wanted to play with some advanced scent memory, I liked the title pun, and then the story took over. Hope you enjoy it!

The official release date is August 26th, but you can preorder now at a REDUCED PROMOTIONAL PRICE at all the usual places, including (but not limited to):




William Mangieri’s writing, including his latest publication “Obsolete”, can be found in many places, including:
• Smashwords:
• His Amazon Author page:
• Barnes & Noble:
• Createspace (if you prefer physical books):
• His site on WordPress:
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at:
• His Goodreads author page:
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri


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