If we have been criticized for our writing, we may have become fearful of any readers. I sweat and get really nervous before reading my work in public although people come up to me years later quoting some of the poems they heard once.
But I almost never submit any poems for publication. I actually published more in high school than I have all the years since.
When I thought about it, I realized I was paranoid about my readers, and that like anything feared, I felt hostile towards it. In other words, I felt hostile to my audience, not exactly a way to write quickly or skillfully.
Realizing this, I decided to look closely at the images I had of the readers and I realized I could consciously choose an audience or a person representing a warm reception of my writing. Or even imagine the audiences I have read for that certainly liked my work.
Believing that people want to read your work is probably a terrific way to undermine writer’s block.