Writing Your Fears Into Fiction

Liked You Don’t Always Slay Or Flee Your Demons — Often, They Just Shrink Down by Charlie Jane Anders (

Do you always confront your demons in your writing? Or do you conjure them sometimes?

“But I often find that when I bring something scary and intense from real life, or from my imagination, into a story, it starts out huge and terrifying — and then it shrinks down to a more manageable size. It just becomes… part of the story.

How does this happen? Basically, the moment you start layering on story stuff, the scary badness kind of gets put into proportion.”

— Charlie Jane Anders

As someone who tends to catastrophize, writing and thinking about my fears is definitely a way to grapple with them and put them in perspective.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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