Writing 101: Fear of Fear

Student jumping off “The Dive” at Ropes course at Sacramento State University

What do I fear?  Writing 101 prompts us to write in a style different from our own.

Things I fear from retiring at age 55:

I fear I will lose…friends, family, funds.

I fear I will become…fat, frumpy, feebleminded and foolish.

I fear failure and fries… yes, fries!


With a leap of faith,

And wings, I will fly …
and fan away the flames of unfounded fears.

I am free…
to focus on fitness, fabulousness, and free time;

Filling my life with fun.

Day Seventeen: Your Personality on the Page
Today’s Prompt: We all have anxieties, worries, and fears. What are you scared of? Address one of your worst fears. Today’s Twist: Write this post in a style distinct from your own.

Earlier in Writing 101, we talked about voice: that elusive element that sets you apart from every other writer out there. Style, however, is different. Your writing style might affect your voice, but ultimately style and voice aren’t the same thing. While your voice is your own, and something that’s innately you, style is much broader. Or, you might write short sentences. Fragments, even. Simple prose.

23 Comments on “Writing 101: Fear of Fear

  1. I thought that was you in the photo but on reading I guess it is not. But you are looking at a different fear which I Don’t think you will have a problem with any of it.
    Sounds like a very interesting life and we would like to hear more of it.
    Fridays Blog Booster Party


  2. Absolutely, fantastically, fabulously, well done!
    You looked at fear in the eye and showed clearly how its two sides can live within us without paralyzing our actions and eventually conquering it.
    Enjoy the freedom, it is a rare commodity that many would like to possess and spend a lifetime just talking about it…
    You are in the right path and I wish you endless fun.
    Warm regards,

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  3. I fear the formidability of a female who flowered her poem with twenty-seven letter-f alliterations. Fabulous!

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  4. Nicely done! This was light and fun, a good contrast from the topic of fear and anxiety. Heck I’m not near retirement but I still fear fries so I hear you on that. 😉 I appreciate too that you made it light-hearted b/c really a lot of those things are fearful at any time and quite daunting. Successful piece overall IMHO.

    Oh and I like that you include the prompt at the end of the post, that’s a nice use of it. 🙂 Cheers!

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