We all have that fear. What if we don’t succeed? What if we are just wasting our time trying to be a writer, poet, blogger, entrepreneur, etc. Its the fear of failure that drives us away from pursuing our dreams. Meanwhile, time is ticking and opportunities are passing. For those of us who are dreamers, we can’t let this happen. If we really want something, we have to go after it. If you want to be a writer, write. But write like its the only thing for you in the world.

Put your entire spirit and soul into it and never give up. We all become afraid sometimes but left fear stifle you or hold you back. So let the fear be your motivation and push through it. You never know what you might accomplish if you never really try. The last thing you want to do is waste 30 years of your life doing something that is not your passion and wondering “what if?” And if you have already spent years doing something that is not fulfilling you, know that it is not too late. As long as you are still breathing, there is an opportunity for you to follow your passion. Just do it!

Jessica Ann Mitchell has a M.S. in Public Relations and a M.A. in Pan-African Studies. Mitchell specializes in multicultural outreach and communications. She also writes on her personal blog at OurLegaci.com. To reach JAM email her at mitchelljessicaann@gmail.com.

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One thought on “If You Want To Be A Writer, Write!

  1. Jessica,

    Owned by thoughts I felt compelled to express. For one reason or another, I was so afraid to claim this title—writer—afraid of a voice stirred by my imagination to become a writer. When I would muster courage, I would rather ghost; giveaway my efforts for free, anticipating the worst to my unrestrained passion to write.

    I have only respond to you post—paying homage to the honest encouragement I feel in your words to writers. It is good to boldly attack fear, especially writing fear.

    Perhaps it was an economic custom of the old-publishing-industry – most indirectly frowning on sincere effort by making rejection an art form. Today, however, the writer should raise the anchor of fear, and sail—cognizant that constructive criticism is a forceful wind—a nurturing procession for cross the ocean of doubt, if only to know that you could.


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