Category Archives: Fear

Writers and the Fear of Using Our Power

By Milli Thornton

Power. A word that sometimes conjures things we’re afraid of.

I’m accustomed to working with writers who don’t think they have any power, but that’s an illusion. You’re not going to *someday* have power, after you take enough writing courses or after you get published. Every writer possesses great power as soon as they start, and it’s up to each writer whether she uses it or wastes it.

Here are a few powers I came up with during two minutes of scribbling: Continue reading

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The Fear of Looking Dumb

By Milli Thornton

During orientation in the Fear of Writing Online Course there’s a lesson called “A Tip for Avoiding Self-Induced Torture in the Student Forums.” This is where I ask students not to read other students’ assignments before they write their own. Here’s why, in the words of one of the students who did it anyway: Continue reading

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