It doesn’t matter where you are in your writing career or hobby, whether you’re outlining your first novel or editing your ninth, we all have fears, anxieties, and other things that get in the way of our writing and our enjoyment of writing. Below is an excerpt from Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, Big Magic. It’s a letter she wrote to Fear, kindly telling it to step out of her way.

Give it a read. Then, if you’re so inclined, write a letter yourself. Maybe you want to be more specific about your fears and write to your self-doubt or your impostor syndrome. That’s okay! The important thing is to do what works for you, even if that just means reading and internalizing Gilbert’s letter here. Do this exercise on your own. You do not need to share it with anyone if you don’t want to.

Dearest Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic