What do you fear when starting a story? | The Story Elves - Help with writing, editing, illustrating and designing your own stories

We have a deep pond at the entrance to the workshop, full of a rare species of fish. These fish are ravenously hungry for fears.

What do you fear when you start a story? If you would leave that fear here, the fish will be fed and your story work will go far better without it!

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Fears for the Fish | The Story Elves - Help with writing, editing, illustrating and designing your own stories

Bad luck.

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I'm bullied.

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That it is not good enough and that I will spell something wrong.

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I'm always afraid that it won't be as good as the books "big" authors write. But I'm proven wrong every time my mom says: "This is the best thing you've ever written!!!"  That always makes me feel pretty good, but somehow, even when I hear that more than once, I'm still afraid it won't be as good...

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I'm afraid that the message will be lost when the Story is edited down to suit the word count.

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I'm afraid that I will never be as good as my friends are at writing, and that I'll always be mediocre.

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I overthink about my story and the next steps and decisions. I think my characters will not be developed enough.  I fear I won't ever get to where I want with my story, that it won't have a message.

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My stories are boring and never make sense.

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I'm making some original characters and new species and I'm scared people will maybe think that my characters are not unique and are all the same...

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I fear that I will never start and that my ideas will rattle around my head forever. I fear that I won't have the time to write and will always be busy.  But most of all I fear that I will waste my time because it will never be important enough...

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I have trouble starting.  I take a long time to think of an idea.

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I am scared that I won't be able to convey the emotions and ideas and characters fully and how they are in my head. I am afraid that people will find my stories silly and unrealistic because my writing style is not very mainstream.

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I'm scared that my stories will not be liked by anybody because I am not using 'normal' cliches, or stereotypes, in my stories.

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Good graphics and thinking of a storyline.

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I am utterly terrified that this thought I have in my head, this grand feeling of an idea for a story I've been working on won't come how I want. Worst yet I'm paralyzed by the idea I'll NEVER be able to write the story with the emotion and impact I want it to have...

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Not being able to finish it and leaving it as an idea only. I have this tendency to write sections, never whole stories :/

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I'm concerned about my story's realistic-ness and how I can bring my stories to life. Everytime I think of a good story idea, I get excited, write a story about it, read it, then realize that it sounds like it was written by a four-year-old who doesn't know truth from imagination. The story just seems so...2D.

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What if I don't know what to write

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I worry that my story won't be convincing enough. It's a fantasy story (the world is fictional) but based on true events.

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I fear of making human sketches, I fear as they never come out to be good.  I fear failure.

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Fear of the dark

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I'm afraid that either I have too much or too little figurative language.

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Everything

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That it won't be any good.

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My mom told me that I should keep my stories to myself, if I share them they will be ruined and people will think ill of me.

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I worry that my story will be too predictable and formulaic.  I worry that I won't have enough surprises or be able to create a world that is very intriguing.

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I am afraid that the longer I write I will end up ruining my own story.

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I fear that someone will read my deep deep thoughts...

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I start writing and when I'm writing I'll write something and it gives me an idea about another story.  So I screw up the page and start again using the idea that popped into my head earlier and then I'll keep getting ideas and starting over and over again.  And I need to work on a better vocabulary because even I get bored of reading my own stories.

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That my stories and my videos will not be liked.  After all, I am MUCH different than most people my age idea-wise.  And most kids my age will NEVER pick up my books and read them, or click on one of my videos and ignore them.

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That my writing will either offend people or come out as corny. For example, someone bullied me and I wanted to write about it but the bully might get upset. I could write about it at home but I really don't have time.

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I want to write about gay rights and sexism but the only time I have time to write is during school. I'm afraid that people will think that my concerns are weird and boring.

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My fear is that whatever I write won't be good enough and that people would hate it...

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I'm scared of not being able to finish the story. When I start writing the plot, I end up with too much details instead of an easy outline for the story. I also want it to be original, which makes it even harder.

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Spiders

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It will never be good enough. It will sound horrible compared to other writers. People will laugh and say I'm not a good writer. That I should just give it up. People will tell me to stop wasting my time on something that will never come true. I'll read what I wrote and think it's horrible. I will never measure up. No one will ever realize what writing means to me.

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Writer's block and making a bad story.

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It isn't good. I will never be a good writer. I will never be able to turn this blank page into a good story. I will never be able to finish this. My work is horrible.

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I fear snakes and spiders.

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I can't carry on with my story... And I'm afraid I'll be rushed. Not by my friends; by myself. I also don't include connectives or openers and my scenes are rubbish.

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That the plot will get lost in the transition from my brain to the page. Not being able to finish the stories I start on. Trying to make a plan before I start, but I can never seem to follow it and the plan doesn't make sense anymore when I start.

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That I will not know what to name a character or creature while writing and have to put off the story to think about it.

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When I start a story I don't have any ideas and for one whole lesson all I do is think think think.

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That people will think I am copying and stealing ideas.

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That it will not be a good story. No one will like it :(

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I fear that my story will not turn out the way I want it to. Or that it will lose people's attention.

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Having a character that does not come together the way I wanted. Making a horrible new world or type of person/creature.

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The dark. Being alone... Never being able to get enough support... Always trying to correct myself... Never feeling like I'm right.

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I'm afraid that if I don't build up my confidence soon I'm going to throw my supposed amazing work away.

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I always start stories and then I start to fear that I'll give up on them because it's too boring or I don't like it. I am a creative person but I just don't have the creativity to think of places or names of places.

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I have no idea what happens in the middle!  I don't want it to be boring!  Can I make something so interesting even if I don't know what to write?

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Disappointing readers. I'm an author who doesn't write just for fun, but also for the entertainment of others.  I always listen to criticism and try to improve my work, but at times, it just makes it worse.

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What happens when I run out of ideas?

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I fear leaving out important things in my work, I fear that I always forget things halfway through the story. That's my fear.  I can't finish things.

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What if my story is boring?

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I'm afraid the story will be predictable and that people will be able to tell I'm not a "real" artist.

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I don't know if my ideas will be good enough to provoke a memorable story. In all honesty, I fear I won't get any ideas at all, and the few ideas I may conjure up won't 'cut it' for a great book.

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I'm always afraid of people not liking my work and thinking that I can't draw or that my stories are stupid.

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What if I realize the story isn't worth it? What if I get writer's block that never goes away? Would people honestly want to read this? The publishing companies might not even look at it...

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I won't be able to transmit my passion for writing to my students.

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Grammar!!!! And ideas!!!!!!  And sometimes I am not able to elaborate!

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Grammar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   :(
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That I will forget a part and have to re-write.

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I fear I don't get any ideas... and the few ideas I do have don't make a great story.

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I fear that my (picture book) story will be so boring, that it is not even worth all the time I spent on writing and illustrating it....

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I am afraid that my story will be too long and boring.

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Everything! This is my 1st story book and I'm nervous about adding too many characters, having the main character meet too many people on his journey to becoming a man and finding his identity.

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That people won't like what I wrote.

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I don't know if my ideas are good ones to write about.

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What if my story is boring?