Public speaking is the number one fear in America. This fear, known as glossophobia, affects 25% of the population. With these statistics, it’s no wonder why so many of us are plagued with doubt when we open up a notebook or blank document.
Whether writing blog posts, newsletters, or a book, your writing allows you to speak to the public on behalf of your company, employer, and yourself.
“Yeah, I know! That’s why I’m freaking out!”
Sometimes this responsibility can feel like the world is placed on your shoulders. You’re creating something that others will read and critique. Your words will be imprinted on the screens and in the minds of other people.
A lot of people don’t want to write because they don’t want their words (aka their thoughts and ideas) to be rejected. Or argued. Or mocked.
That fear of criticism can be a big deal if writing isn’t your cup of tea. It can be a big deal even if writing is your cup of tea.
Ultimately, this fear leads to self-doubt. And self-doubt is the root of writer’s block.