As you know I participated in WriteOnCon this week…and it was phenomenal! I learned so much in just two short days.  If you haven’t already, I’d suggest you head over to their website and check out some of the video and forum sessions from the conference.

One of the best nuggets of wisdom I got this week, was on day one during one of the first sessions…


Seems like such a simple statement, but for me it’s been full of POWER. Let me tell you why…

As I attempt to finish the first draft of my manuscript, I find myself experiencing a variety of different emotions. Some days I’m full of words, and optimism….and other days I wonder why oh why I ever thought I could do this!


I’ve also been hearing rumblings about different genre’s in YA. I’ve heard that dystopia and paranormal are dead, but aliens are the next big thing….Uh Oh…maybe I need to change my focus…


There are also moments when I just get completely overwhelmed by the task of finishing a book. It’s like running a marathon…when you’re on mile 3, mile 26.5 seems an awfully long way away.


Then there’s the fact that I still have a few things to figure out about my story. What kind of power will my hero wield? What is my antagonist’s motivation? What pushes my hero to transform?

All together now… JUST.FREAKING.WRITE.

For a long time the thing that stopped me from writing was fear. I was so afraid I’d suck at it, I just never tried. And now that I’m in the process, I still have moments when I get completely overwhelmed, and even just plain scared. But now, I can hear those words in my head re-focusing me on the task at hand. They’ve become my own little writing mantra.

And they’re so true! I’ve noticed that when I sit down to write, those voices of confusion or fear begin to fade into the background. Suddenly my characters start to do things that I’ve never imagined before. Plot holes start to fill themselves, and things start to make sense.

So this week I’ve learned that I just need to Write through my fears…

Thank You WriteOnCon!

About Poppy

Having been an avid reader since the womb, Poppy is finally sitting down to write that book she's always talked about writing.
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9 Responses to Just.Freaking.Write.

  1. Megan says:

    Nice post! I’m afraid/nervous all the time about my writing talents (or lack there of), and the only thing that helps is to just keep writing. 🙂

  2. terribogard says:

    Keep at it.
    Try posting your daily word count on your blog so strangers can see when you fail to meet your goals.
    Terror is the best motivator!

    • Poppy says:

      Such good advice. I have a word count calender, and on the days I don’t write, I feel like a wuss having to type in 0 for my word count. Terror is a motivator!

  3. Carolin says:

    Just. Freaking. Write.

    Loved that one SO much. I have that fear and those doubts all the time. Especially when you hear things about certain genres going out of style, etc. Then again, I’m my own worst enemy with my stupid inner editor. *shakes head* I think the advice to just write through it, no matter what is great. And I shall try to live by it.

    Good luck on your book. 🙂

    • Poppy says:

      Thanks Carolin! (my new BFF) I do the internal thing to. I’m learning that writing like I’m being chased by zombies helps me to drown that inner editor voice out!

  4. gemmahawkins says:

    I had a tutor who used to make us free write all the time, he always said to write for at least 30 minutes a day, even if it was just free writing the same word over and over again. Haha. I try and stick to this as much as possible but it is hard. I think the process of writing is a positive one, even if you’re writing rubbish. Practice makes perfect.

    If commenting on blog posts counts, then I’m doing really well lately.

    • Poppy says:

      “If commenting on blog posts counts, then I’m doing really well lately.”

      This made me laugh!!! And I think the 30 minutes a day is a great idea. My goal is to write everyday, and I find that even on the days when I don’t feel inspired, something always comes out on the page!

  5. Jamie Burch says:

    Yes! That was a great WriteOnCon moment for me, too. Great idea to use it as a mantra to keep you motivated and push through your fears. Speaking of fears, it seems we share a lot of the same ones. I bet most writers do! 😉

    Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday!

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