Today’s thoughts circle around something that most likely plagues most writers. We spend a lot of our time scared. Scared to start a project. Scared to finish a project. Scared to revise and edit it. And once we get past all that, we face our next set of scary things–selling or self-publishing, and not matter which direction out go is the biggest, baddes fear of all: Will the readers like it? So, since you asked, Universe…
What do you now fear, Silver?
How will you use this?
Every fear is a gift, Silver, though every gift needs unwrapping. “Oh look, it’s me in the near future, only more!”
That’s my bear now and always. Will readers buy my books? Will they read them and enjoy them and tell their friends? And the underlying fears are always “Am I good enough?” “Is the story compelling?” “Are the characters worth rooting for?” And the final worry, “How many typos did I miss?” I think every writers out there has felt and asked one or all of these things. At the time, we might not consider those fears a gift but they are. They drive us to be better, to be more creative, to be more diligent. They ensure that we keep working and get from that “Dark and stormy night…” to The End. What about the rest of you? What’s your fear at the moment?
Oh, yeah, all that spinning through my head like it’s attached to a hamster wheel and the hamster is on crack. It’s all sitting in a box at the back of my head now. I figure by this point, most people have forgotten that I even wrote books once upon a time. If I get back to that… WHEN… then the box will spill open and clutter my head again.
I can’t think of any overwhelming fears right now. I’m no longer afraid of getting fired. Or that the car will die. Or that the bills won’t get paid. I’m still afraid of screwing something up so bad it can’t be fixed, but that fear keeps me alert so I don’t make a major mistake, so I can live with it.
You’ll write again. And yeah, that fear keeps all of us consciencious employees on our toes! Hang in there. 🤗