Susan Reynolds starts this article by dispelling the myth that "writer's block" is an actual malady, but she is also quick to acknowledge what every writer knows to be true: writing is hard work and has its own set of frustrations and challenges.
Everyone should read this article. Fear of failure is not unique to writers who set lofty goals for #nanowrimo and #nablopomo, and we could all use a reminder that it's okay to be bad—it's even okay to fail. Don't give up; keep writing. (For more inspiration on redefining failure, watch the beloved interview series with Ira Glass, particularly the second segment.)
This post by Todd Henry sums up amazing advice that I know to be true: people who do creative work need to surround themselves with reliable sources of support and good feedback.