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I recently learned that there is, in fact, a scientific term for the fear of writing. Actually, there are two. Scriptophobia is the fear of writing in public. Graphophobia is the fear of writing in general.
Honestly, I’m not surprised that these terms exist. I’ve never understood how some writers can do their writing in the middle of a coffee shop. I’d feel so self-conscious. Does that make me scriptophobic?
And graphophobia? For me, that’s something that comes and goes. It’s a feeling that I’ve traditionally labeled as writer’s block, but graphophobia (now that I know about that word) seems like a more apt term. It really is fear that stops me from writing. Fear that I’ll disappoint myself. Fear that I’ll disappoint my readers. Fear that I’m wasting time writing something that no one will ever want to read.
I said that fear stops me from writing, but it would be more accurate to say fear hinders me from starting to write. Just starting is always the hardest part. But once I’ve done a few sentences, or a few paragraphs, or maybe a few pages, the words come quickly and easily, and I’m left wondering what I was afraid of in the first place.
Learning new vocabulary is the best kind of learning, in my opinion. Knowing the right terms and the right names for things makes those things so much easier to conceptualize within one’s own brain, and it also makes it easier to communicate one’s thoughts, feelings, and questions about those things with other people. That’s why I’m so glad to have discovered the words scriptophobia and graphophobia. These are going to be very useful terms for me. I hope you’ll find them useful, too.