How Fear Shapes Your Writing

Michelle Renee Kidwell
3 min readSep 19, 2023

Fear in Writing Is Not Necessarily a Bad Thing

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“But if I write what my soul thinks, it will be visible and the words will be it’s body.” Helen Keller.

Pat Schneider reminded her readers in her book Write Alone that fear is close to the first stories we want to tell, no matter how it’s disguised. The words we write are always filled with fear, fear of what others will think, but even…