+ All Overcoming Fear Essays:
- Analysis of Hermie
- Cultural Differences in Communication
- Challenges to Change in an Organization
- Compare and Contrast Death of a Naturalist, An Advancement of Learning
- Organizational Diagnosis
- Patient Experience Related to Fear of Receiving an IV Catheterization
- Racism in The Color of Fear
- Red Scare, KKK, Civil War Brought Fear to America
- Some Readers Have Seen Frankenstein as an Illustration of the Fear of the Power of Science. to What Extent Do You Agree with This View Based on Your Reading so Far?
- Effective Communication in the Business Meetings
- Dean Blake's Case Study Analysis
- Axelrod’s Quotations of Franklin Roosevelt in ‘Nothing to Fear: Lessons in Leadership from FDR’
- Eating Disorders are an Unhealthy Obsession
- Strategies for Overcoming Test Anxiety
- An Analysis of Forensic Psychology in the Film, 'Primal Fear'
- Oppression Due to Society's Misconception in Maya Angelou's Autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
- Diversity in Education
- Rational or Irrational Fear of Heights
- Game Theory and Oligopoly Fall
- Overcoming Spatial Mismatch in Buying a Home
- Monsters of Mythology
- Overcoming Racism
- Sources of Okonawo's Fear in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
- Fear and Loathing vs. on the Road
- Overcoming Obstacles in Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns
- Case 7: Mattel: Overcoming Marketing and Manufacturing Challenges
- Anxiety Disorders
- Fantasies from Lucid Dreaming
- Critical Lens "Fear Is Simply the Consequence of Every Lie"
- Fear in The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
- The History, Causes and Effects, and Treatment of Phobias
- What is Fear and What Causes It?
- Overcoming Trauma in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye
- His Panic: Why Americans Fear Hispanics in the U.S.
- Organizational Change Management
- Mankind's Fear of Artificial Intelligence
- Socrates and Epicurus - Live Life Without Fear of Death
- Overcoming Weaknesses and Threats to Succeed in a Competitive Market; Company Analysis of Chick-Fil-a
- Extended Definition of Fear Through Examples
- Kierkegaard's Fear And Trembling
- How by Abraham Sutzkever
- Lucid Dreaming
- The Holy Trinity, by Masaccio
- The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber
- Adversity in Yann Martel's Life of Pi
- Analysis of October Sky
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Psychotherapies for a Victim of Child Abuse
- George Bernard Shaw and His Short Story About the Cremation of The Narrator's Mother
- Fears While Alone in "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy
- The Doors Opened by Reading
- Reflection Essay Example
- Jack Welch
- Holden's Fear of Change in The Catcher in the Rye
- Leadership Essay
- Legal Workplace: Women Overcoming Obstacles
- Initiating Change from Within - Change Leadership Essay
- Fear of heights
- Psychological Trauma and Andrea
- Getting Older
- Explainations of the Fog of Fear in Alan Axelrod’s, “Nothing to Fear: Lessons in Leadership from FDR”
- Janie from Their Eyes Were Watching God, Gatsby from The Great Gatsby, June from The Joy Luck Club, and Edna from The Awakening
- White Noise: Meaning of Life
- American Masculinity: Defined By War
- Term Paper on Managing Employee Resistance to Change
- Intent to Live
- Emily Dickinson's Fascicle 17
- Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas; Film Analysis
- Lance Armstrong and Overcoming Obstacles
- Using Fear to Control the Masses
- How does Bram Stoker create fear and suspense during Jonathan Harker's
- Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)
- Fear of Polio
- Lord of the Flies: Fear of the Unknown
- Overcoming Obstacles of Social Conventions in the Medieval Story, Eliduc
- Overcoming the Challenges that May Come at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Understanding Change in an Organization
- Still I Rise by Maya Angelou Literary Analysis Essay
- Fear in Macbeth by William Shakespeare
- Tension and Fear in The Old Nurse's Tale and The Red Room
- Don't Fear Change
- Fear-Definition Paper
- Symbolism of the Scaffold in The Scarlet Letter
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We all experience fear from time to time. But what about those things that truly terrify us, those situations that may not even ever happen? Our fear may not always be rational, but this deep-rooted emotion is a powerful tension to insert into our writing.
Because fear is not something we enjoy feeling, it is also often uncomfortable to write about—which is what makes the end result fascinating.
Here are some things to keep in mind when writing about fear:
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Though there are many common fears that people share, why something scares us and how we react are personal to each of us.
If you choose to write about a fear coming true, something you haven’t experienced or may never face, you have the opportunity to let your imagination run wild. After all, isn’t that a large part of fear—your mind imagining the worst? (Hmm, sounds like a great practice, doesn’t it?)
The challenge is making others who don’t share your fear still feel what you feel.
In order to put your emotion into words and clearly communicate it, tap into your physical senses, your thoughts, and your actions. And now is the time to avoid clichés—they don’t pack the punch you need and won’t cause any reaction in the reader.
Write through the whole scary experience.
I actually did this exercise in a class once and my professor pointed out that I had skipped over the exact moment when my fear came true—and I hadn’t even realized it. Don’t leave out the worst part. It may feel like when you’re watching a horror movie and you know something is coming and all you want to do is shut your eyes. Don’t do it—write through it and make it clear.
The best part of writing about something that scares you is seeing what happens.
As writers, we are challenged to create an interesting conclusion to each of our stories. How does the story of your fear end? How do you react in the situation? Does everything fall apart, or in a surprising twist, do you conquer that fear?
How do you convey fear in your writing?
Write for fifteen minutes about something you’re afraid of that you haven’t actually experienced. See where the story leads you!
When you’re finished, please share your practice in the comments section. And if you post, please respond to some of the other comments too.
Melissa Tydell is a freelance writer, content consultant, and blogger who enjoys sharing her love of the written word with others. You can connect with Melissa through her website, blog, or Twitter.