DURING THE SUMMER OF 1999 I was telling a friend how blocked I felt in my desire to write. Something I was agonizing over caused her to interrupt.
She said: “You’re so close to your fear of writing, you’d make a good teacher for others who feel the same.”
Being a shy person, a confirmed hermit, her shocking suggestion that I become a teacher put up all my red flags. A few days later, her uncanny use of the term “fear of writing” popped up out of my subconscious. Suddenly, an entire book, including a new method for overcoming the fear, was burning rubber on its way out of me.
I finished the book while I was on a roll and self-published it before I could lose my nerve.
The funny thing is, in 2001 I started the Fear of Writing Clinic, the Fear of Writing Online Course and the weekly writing circles as a way to share my unblocking method with others. I became that teacher I could never imagine myself as.
I hope my story will inspire you to follow your own writing dreams, no matter how unreachable they might seem right now. As the Chinese proverb says:
Milli Thornton (aka Milliver) is the author of Fear of Writing. She is owner of the Fear of Writing Online Course and Unleash Your Writing!, where her mission is to put the fun back into writing. Milli coaches writers online at Writer’s Muse Coaching Service, and runs the popular 10K Day for Writers monthly event. She blogs at Milliver’s Travels and Screenwriting in the Boonies.
Born in the old silver mining town, Wallace, Idaho, she grew up in Great Falls, Montana and lived in the Land Down Under for 25 years. After sojourns in Texas, Mississippi and Ohio, Milli has returned to live in Taos, New Mexico—and glad to be back! She plans to someday again live in the Blue Mountains of Australia.