I’m constantly amazed when I hear writers whom I consider highly successful express their fears. Fear that they’ll never write another book as great as the one that won an award, or made the NY Times list, or just sold a million/trillion copies. Fear that they’ll be dropped by their publisher. Fear that the critics will hate their newest endeavor, and they’ll only sell five copies. Fear that they won’t make a deadline, or won’t figure out how to pull their newest story together.
In a way it’s nice to know I’m not alone in my fears. Not that I’ve ever made the NY Times list or sold a million/trillion copies of anything I’ve had published. My fears include—but are not limited to—not being able to pull a story idea together, not being able to find a publisher for said book, being panned by critics, not selling enough copies of my book so my publisher will buy my next book, and totally running out of ideas.
I’ve lived with these fears—and many others—for over 35 years. They’re not quite as terrifying as they once were. I have learned I can overcome most adversity, that I’m not alone, and life doesn’t end with a rejection, a publishing line that closes, or a bad review. I have learned the opposite of fear is delight: in finishing a manuscript, in selling a book, in a good review, and in hearing a reader say, “I loved your book.”
So if you have fears, join the crowd, and just keep going. And don’t forget to read some of the other blogs in this challenge A-to-Z Blogging Challenge