A while ago, I told myself that I would do more things which scared me. Not because I’m a masochist, but because sometimes we need to do things which scare ourselves to progress and to face our fears. I had a nice little reminder of that today, and I think facing your fears can also be said for writing.
In writing, and especially in publishing, there’s a lot of fear to combat. Let’s face it – the publishing industry requires a lot of rejection on our part. Sending queries, getting an agent, going on submission . . . there is a lot of waiting, and a lot of rejection. But you do it anyway: eventually, there will be an end to the tunnel. Hopefully that tunnel ends with you getting published. Natalie Whipple is a great example of a writer who has had to overcome a lot of rejection and fear simply to pursue her dream of being a published author.
But writing isn’t all about publishing. Many people don’t write with the aim of publishing, but just for the pure joy of writing. There’s nothing wrong with that. The more you write, the more skills you’ll acquire, the more practiced you’ll be and the more stories you’ll be able to tell. But you still have to face those fears. I know I’ve faced a lot of writing fears over the years.
So, face them! Write in a different characters’ perspective. Sit down and edit that novel. Send your writing off to be critiqued. Go to writing conventions and network.
There are too many different opportunities which can be missed by refusing to face your fears. Ultimately, facing those demons can get you to where you want to be. There is an end to the tunnel. You only have to push yourself far enough to see it.
What are some of your writing fears?