Find Your Writing Niche: Fear of Writing

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa defines fear as “a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined.”

Many writers have the fear, the “distressing emotion,” of rejection, and this fear prevents them from writing and submitting that wonderful story that is roiling around in their heads.


I have carved out a career writing feature stories for newspapers and magazines, and I love what I do. I have half a dozen stories I’m going to propose to editors by the end of the month. Some of them will be rejected and others will be a go-ahead. Despite the “nos,” I will continue to suggest ideas to editors.

The one area of my career that has received the most rejections is fiction. I have received encouraging notes but not acceptances for my fiction. I continue to submit because I believe in the stories. I read articles about how to write “good” stories, and I work to improve my style and skills. I won’t give up because I know I will be successful.

That’s the attitude that fledgling writers must take. Even though the publishing industry has changed since the Internet has entered our lives, writers are still needed.

If you want to be a writer and get published, go for it. Fulfill your dream and write those wonderful stories you have inside of you.

Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I’ve been a professional freelance writer for several years and specialize in writing feature stories. I have more than a 1,000 bylines to my credit and have written on countless topics from autism to zoology. My columns on fashion and the Internet appeared in a Chicago area newspaper in the 90s. “Brunswick Buzz,” the column in The Sun News, the Myrtle Beach, S.C. daily, ran for seven years then “Events on the North Strand” took over in October 2013, also in The Sun News.

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