The Fears of Writing

Biggest concern when writing? Here’s what the first-year students have to say!

“Will I get done on time? Is my thesis good? Does this make sense? Did I use enough quotes? Will the professor like it?”

“Will this get me an A?”

“Are my transition sentences good enough? Is my thesis okay? Will I have enough to meet the page requirement?”

  • Meeting page requirements
  • Balancing formal and informal
  • What will the grade be?
  • Adding more ideas
  • Separating ideas into paragraphs
  • Organization
  • Not sounding vague in dialect (dialect? Really? Huh.)
  • Structuring
  • Flow
  • Grammar
  • Is it attention-grabbing?
  • Will people read this?
  • Understandability
  • Clarity
  • Losing focus
  • Thesis statement
  • Could it be better?

Gee, that’s a ton of concerns! Most of them are very broad concepts, but some are more personal fears. There are always fears when writing. Everyone panics about topics and grammar. It can’t be helped. If you don’t have any concerns, I commend you for your confidence. If you do, you are not alone.

Take a deep breath, exhale, and realize that writing is like any skill. You want to get better?


Sit down and write even if it is only a fragment of a sentence even if it is only six words.

“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
~ Ernest Hemingway

(See Hemingway was practicing)

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