Many freelancers tell me they have writing fears holding them back from taking the plunge into freelancing.
They worry they write too slow.
Or they believe the writing fears and worries that not having a journalism degree means they’re not qualified.
Many writers are introverts, and worry they won’t be able to do enough marketing to get clients.
Some are too afraid to make cold calls, attend networking meetings, ask for pro rates…
These stories always make me think of my high-school friend Kristy.
She didn’t own any shoes.
Kristy’s father was a professional gambler who was often out of town, or out of money. Or both.
With the result that most of the time, Kristy and her mother were barely scraping by.
But this didn’t stop Kristy from doing anything.
- She left the tiny apartment she shared with her mother each morning
- She attended school, and even sang in a vocal group with me.
- The vocal group even wore a dressy skirt-and-blouse ensemble she designed.
- We performed in swanky venues like banquet halls and fancy restaurants. We even played the Hollywood Bowl once!
Kristy was never asked to leave any of these places because she was barefoot. She never even got called out at school because she went shoeless.
I was fascinated by this, so I made a study of what she did that allowed her to skate by without this usually-essential item of attire.
Why? It’s a recipe for obliterating writing fears and overcoming shyness that every writer should follow.