A Writer’s Fear

For me writing is like breathing with words.
But honestly,
I am afraid of writing.

Afraid that no one will pay attention.
Afraid that no one will read the characters I hone.
Afraid that it will not be worthwhile.
Afraid that feedbacks will be as bitter as bile.
Afraid that efforts will just be put to waste.
Afraid that my words will be just lost in haze.

Because I know the literary world is already filled
with works of the greatest and the skilled.
Because there might be no space left in this field,
for me and the inks that I have spilled.

But then I saw the moon who never feared the coming sun,
even if its rise will end its own night’s fun.
And then there is summer who blissfully waits for fall,
even if it will snatch her beauty, her all.

Like lungs recognizing oxygen’s worth,
it’s time to exhale the fears of my agonized self,
and write (my book) for no one but myself,
because for me, writing is like breathing with words.

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

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In response to dVerse‘s Poetics: What are You Afraid Of by Mish of mishunderstood.


As our fears range from large scale and ominous to the simple worries of everyday life, they all have an effect on our decisions, our happiness and well being. One way to validate them is to write about them. So for today’s Poetics, I am asking you to open up and share your fear(s) with us in a poem.

Read Mish’s own poem about fear titled Departure. 🙂

108 thoughts on “A Writer’s Fear”

    1. ” But I write for me and people seem to gravitate towards that.” These are wise words, love. Thank you and I believe it is true. I have read only your chapbook (yet) and the best thing about it is your honesty and rawness. No pretensions, no fallacy. And I am surely gravitated by it closer to you and your works. 🙂
      Thank you for your kind words, too!

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      1. hey! i am just honest! i mean it! your fictions are great, PJ! believe me! you can write any topic. humor, love, rape, murder. you can write it all effectively!


  1. Open and honest work, sister. By the time I read all the fears, I feel them, too. Then I am moved in a better way when the poem turns: “But then I saw the moon who never feared the coming sun, . . .” Nature teaches us. And our own creating nature is affirmed beyond our fears. Revelatory and inspiring verse!

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    1. Thank you, brother! I stumbled upon this prompt when work is a bit silence and when I started writing it just flows. I have silenced this fear and this poem let it all out. It is also a revelation for me. 🙂
      Thank you, brother!


  2. Fear can hold us back from our own potential. You gave us a good glimpse of yours in this piece. Keep writing! Join in with dVerse often. We are a supportive bunch of writers that learn from each other, facing our own fears too. 🙂

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    1. Hi Mish! 🙂 Thank you very much for reading and for sharing your thoughts. It is an honor. Most of all, thank you for this prompt. It let my silenced fear loud and I now know what is holding me back. 🙂
      I can feel the love from dVerse and I am sure I will be a regular (as long as my job remains peaceful). 🙂 Thank you very much, Mish!
      It was great knowing you!


    1. Hi Freya! Thank you for reading and for sharing your thoughts! 🙂 I am glad the twist made you feel this better. This is truly close to my heart. 🙂

      Nice meeting you, by the way. 🙂 ❤


  3. Oh dearie, your words will NOT be lost in haze. Never! Your words are always a delight for all of us and although we always have this creeping fear inside, just remember those people who supports you endlessly. I’m here, we’re here. ❤

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    1. awwww. you are the sweetest, dearie!! been thinking a lot of that book, that book i can’t decide which, how and where!
      thank youuuu for the comforting words. I know we all have this feeling so remember that I am here for you too! 😉

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    1. awww. thank you for the lovely words, sister! 😀 I love that you see me as fierce and fearless. 🙂 I think I have to believe that I am that girl. 😉
      P.S. love the rhyming lines sissy! ❤


  4. Yay! Rosema. I’m excited. What kind of book will it be? Do you have a line for what it’s basically about. From where I am, I can tell you it’s a long journey, but it’s informative, fun, and you never stop learning.

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    1. Aww. Thank you for the enthusiastic comment, Mandi! 🙂 The book… might probably be a poetry book. I’m still figuring out if it will be a compilation or a new one but it will surely be a poetry book. 🙂

      You have published one of yours already? (Sorry dear I am a bit forgetful so I have to ask that to you. <3)

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      1. No worries. I forget too. I finished a first draft on Word Press. Now I’m on Wattpad (an application) working on the second draft and trying to get more opinions from other people. So, I gave seven chapters in draft two complete and will be working on eight and nine tomorrow.

        Today I spent a great deal of time making sure the book was plotted out and that the events in the book took place in the right sequence so the story didn’t stall too much. I printed the whole thing out and moved events and chapters around. It’s paranormal romance. At @mandibelle16 on Wattpad if you have the free app.

        After second draft, editor will be needed I believe.

        Best of luck with your poetry book. I do remember reading about it I your interview responses 🙂

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      2. Thank you for sharing, Mandi! I am actually torn if I will try Wattpad or if I will self-publish. I am reading more about Wattpad and it seems to me like I’ll have another blog when I do that. The difference is that I will make a book and not just posts.
        I think it will demand more time and I am still pondering things through. 🙂
        Thank you for sharing that with me! Good luck to you, too! ❤ ❤ ❤
        Yeah. I mentioned that. 😀


  5. Your fear is something we all share in one degree or another. Keep writing whether no one will read your work or not simply because being able to create art is by itself fulfilling.

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      1. Nice meeting you and reading your work. I hope you keep participating in the prompts. DVerse is a nice place to be in. 🙂 I look forward to reading more of your pieces.

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  6. I love your strong words here! You never know what brilliance you have within unless you let it out to shine in the world. So glad you are not silencing your voice. Yours is as valid as anyone else’s…right? I think this is the first time our paths have crossed and I’m happy to meet you, Rosema. You are most welcomed to join in at dVerse any time.
    Gayle ~

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    1. Hi Gayle! Thank you for your wise (and poetic) words! Thank you for hearing my fear. 🙂 Your visit is so appreciated. 🙂

      Yes. It is our first time and I would like to say I am happy to know you and the rest of the dVerse poets. I can feel the group’s warmth. 🙂


  7. I felt the same way and then I decided to make a blog. For better or worse I’m hooked now! Writing despite the critiques or lack there of, has been the most liberating thing I’ve done in a while. Like breathing clean air after a stifling summer’s day.

    Keep writing, no matter how many authors there are no one will ever express your thought like you. 😉

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