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Mindset Matters: Just Show Up by Tracy Vogelgesang

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

You want to be a writer. You feel it there, somewhere deep inside. It seems to be in your thoughts frequently, maybe always, and the idea of it feels good.

Something, though, are not quite sure holding you back.

What could be preventing you from following that urge to put your thoughts on paper?

Could it be fear? Self-doubt?

Think about this quote from Art & Fear by David Bayles & Ted Orland. (Substitute the word writing for making art, if you wish.) Does this sound familiar?

“Making art can feel dangerous and revealing. Making art is dangerous and revealing. Making art precipitates self-doubt, stirring deep waters that lay between what you know you should be, and what you fear you might be. For many people, that alone is enough to prevent their ever getting started at all…”