Is a fear of spelling getting in your way?
According to Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way, the fear of being a bad speller is a remarkably common fear for people who want to write but are creatively blocked.
It doesn't matter that the fear is irrational, it doesn't matter that every single word-processing program out there comes with a spell checker, the fear of not being able to spell still haunts those would-be writers. And thus, those people remain blocked.
Many people who are blocked creatively suffer from some sort of fear. Some fears are based on creative "myths" (all artists are broke, crazy, alcoholic, dying from AIDS, etc.), some are based on things adults said to us as children and some, like the fear of being a bad speller, appear to be based on nothing at all.
Regardless of where the fear came from, there's no denying its power. And the harder it is to admit to a fear, the more potent it becomes. After all, imagine trying to explain to someone that you can't write because you can't spell. You would sound like an idiot. So you don't say anything. And because that fear goes unvoiced, it burrows deeper and deeper inside you.
Some of the other more "common" fears blocking people Cameron mentions include:
• I'll be broke
- I'll go crazy
- I'll become impotent
- I'll become self-destructive
- I'll become sick
- I'll end up alone
- I'll be angry all the time
- I can't because it's too late, I'm too old, too washed up, too something.
Remember, these fears are not necessarily true. There are plenty of creative people who are happy, well-adjusted and making money. (Some of them are even elderly.) Being creative does not mean you have to make a choice between being creative and having something negative happen. When you decide to be more creative, you're choosing to enrich your life positively.
So what fears are blocking you? What's keeping you from realizing your creative potential? Try keeping a journal for a few days or weeks to see if you can uncover what's blocking you and expose it.
Fears are like vampires — drag them into the light and they burn up. But let them live in dark places and they fester and grow. Get your fears out into the open, even if all you do is write in your journal about it. That's the first step to becoming more creative.
Michele PW (Michele Pariza Wacek) is your Ka-Ching! Marketing strategist and owns Creative Concepts and Copywriting LLC, a copywriting and marketing agency. She helps entrepreneurs become more successful at attracting more clients, selling more products and services and boosting their business. To find out how she can help you take your business to the next level, visit her site at www.MichelePW.com. Copyright © 2017 MichelePW all rights reserved.
Considered one of the hottest direct response copywriters and marketing consultants in the industry today, Michele PW (Michele Pariza Wacek) has a reputation for crafting copy and creating online and offline marketing campaigns that get results.
Michele started writing professionally in 1992, working at agencies and on staff as a marketing/communication/writing specialist. In 1998, she started her business as a freelance copywriter.
But she quickly realized her vision was bigger than serving her clients as a one-woman-shop. In 2004, she began the transformation to building a copywriting and marketing company.
Two years later, her vision has turned into reality. Michele PW/Creative Concepts and Copywriting LLC is the premiere direct response copywriting and marketing company today, catering to entrepreneurs and small business owners internationally, including the “Who’s Who” of Internet Marketing. Some of their clients include:
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In addition, Michele is also a national speaker and the bestselling author of the “Love-Based Copywriting" books that teach people how to write copy that attracts, inspires and invites. She has also completed two novels.
She holds a double major in English and Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently she lives in the mountains of Prescott, Arizona with her husband Paul and her southern squirrel hunter Cassie.