My October is Getting Busy

I’m sitting here writing this blog post because I’m procrastinating. I should be writing a short story right now, because it’s due Oct 1st.  I keep telling myself it’s fine because I’ve already wrote the first draft, I just need to go back and make it perfect. Honestly I think I’m nervous…This short story isn’t just for me, it’s something that will be out on another blog.  I signed up to write a story for a blog, Pen and Muse. I guess I’m nervous because I’m writing in a genre that I’ve never written in before and I’m afraid that I’ll suck.

Anyone have any advice for beating nerves?


  1. Okay, try relaxing a little, make yourself some tea or something, turn on some inspirational music, and just try starting. 🙂 I recently wrote a short story I was super nervous about, because I’d never written a modern romance murder mystery… but it ended up being one of my favorite things I’d ever written. So don’t be afraid of new things! You’ve got to try, and I’m sure it will turn out great. Just breathe a little, and tell yourself you only have to START today. Okay? I’ve seen you write a novel in a week… you can surely edit this first draft of a short story in a few days. 🙂 YOU’VE GOT THIS. GO GO GO.

  2. Oh, and also: Tell yourself it’s just for YOU for now. Yes, it will have to be for others later, but just for now, while you’re working on it, pretend you’re the only one who’s going to see it. Just make it something awesome YOU like! 🙂 Then you can perfect it. Just don’t stress! Hope it’ll go well for you! ❤

  3. Start small! Just tell yourself “I am going to work on the first paragraph for the next fifteen minutes”, set yourself a timer, sit down, and do it. Taking it in small sections and setting achievable goals will make it feel more manageable. You could also get yourself in a writing mood by listening to some inspiring music, or going for a walk and thinking about your story. Good luck, you can do this! 🙂

  4. I’m definitely not a writer, so I’m not good with the advice, but I can do encouragement 🙂 Good luck! I like the advice of working on it “just for you” now, and knowing later it will be for others. You can do it!!

  5. When I’m stressed, I recite Puck’s Speech from Midsummer Night’s Dream over and over again. But try some hot Chai with honey and milk, and maybe flip through the pages of a familiar story, then puff out your chest and say, “I’m going to do this, and I’m going to do it *insert adjective or choice word* well.” If you’re a street sweeper, sweep those streets like Michelangelo. You can do this.

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