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How I Overcame My Fear of Writing and Made $54,000 Last Month

If I can write like a badass, so can you!

Alex Bentley
4 min readMar 17, 2022

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All my life, I’ve wanted to be a successful writer.

You know, the type of writer who spits out words at record speed like Stephen King and David Eggers. Masters of the craft.

But there was one problem — I was scared to publish my work.

I mean, what if people criticized it?

What if they said it was terrible?

I didn’t want that kind of feedback. Negativity from complete strangers would’ve crushed my soul.

Plus, I didn’t want to let my mom down. I was her little angel, after all.

“Alex, I don’t know what it’ll be, but one day you’ll be successful,” she told my 5-year-old self.

I just stared at her with my tiny, beady eyes. Back then, I didn’t know what “success” or “successful” even meant.

But I knew I wanted to make my mom proud.

1/Set Your Writing Goals

Fast-forward to present day, and I’m still working on that goal.

Only now, it’s a little more concrete.

I want to be a successful online writer. And I’ll let nothing stand in the way of my success. Or my destiny to conquer the world with my words.

When I committed to full-time writing, I made a deal with myself.

I would write 25,000 words every single day until I reached my goal.

It sounds impossible, and maybe it is. At least for the average person.

But, according to my mom, I’m not average.

“You’re an exceptional little human, and I love you,” she told my 6-year-old self.

By then, I got used to her raving accolades.

If I wanted success with my online writing, I had to stay determined. That’s when I put all my faith in my mom’s words.

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Alex Bentley

I write about crypto, personal finance, business & tech. Also, I publish a bit of humor to make you laugh.