Is fear stopping you from writing when you are inspired to do so? I’m sorting through a number of books and quotes on writing that I have accumulated over the years and synthesizing what I’ve underlined into a concise set of suggestions. Here are three inspiring quotes about writing that I share in my “How to Make Writing Easier” workshop:

Imaginative Creative Play

Joseph Chilten Pearce is an American author of a number of books on child development. He believes that active, imaginative play is the most important of all childhood activities because that cultivates a mastery of one’s environment. He coins the term “creative competence” to discuss that mastery. Further, children without that form of play develop feeling of isolation and anxiety. He wrote: “You have to lose your fear of being wrong if you want to be creative.”

Author Richard Bausch wrote: “I don’t teaching writing. I teach patience. Toughness. Stubbornness. The willingness to fail. I teach the life. The odd thing is most of the things that stop an inexperienced writer are so far from the truth as to be nearly beside the point. When you feel global doubt about your talent, that is your talent. People who have no talent don’t have any doubt.”

Overcome Resistance

Steven Pressfield, author of The Legend of Bagger Vance wrote in his book, The War of Art: “Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands resistance. Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates to the strength of Resistance. Therefore the more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul. If it meant nothing to us, there’d be no Resistance.”

Our thinking patterns—how we sort, assess, and combine ideas in our minds—are as individual as our fingerprints. We seldom notice what thoughts motivate and encourage us, or what assumptions and fears limit our potential. Observing our thoughts without judgment opens our minds to noticing when we are in the language of resistance or the language of possibility. Remember, our brains work with possibility, not with resistance. Learn more about overcoming resistance in Chapter 8 of Transformational Thinking.