Fellow Cleveland writer and bookcluber Christina Lee wrote a great blog the other day that I wanted to respond to.
She writes, "I received an interesting email from a reader. She asked how I dealt with the jealousy of hearing other writers succeed on Twitter and other blogs."
Christina's reply was that didn't feel jealousy, instead, she felt fear.
She wrote about her fear of not feeling good enough, not finding an agent and not realizing your dreams.
I'm hear to say that she isn't alone. I totally understood her post and also feel that fear. Unagented people aren't the only ones who have fears about their writing.
I was always one of those people who wished and hoped and prayed that I would find an agent. However, I now know it doesn't end there.
I still have fear, but it's a new kind of fear. My book is on submission and I fear that it won't sell. I fear I won't be able to finish my next book (which might be the book that sells instead). I fear that I've spent so many hours and so much time doing something that isn't good enough.
I venture to guess that even if (when!) my book sells, I will have a whole new set of fears. I'm not sure there would ever be a point where your fears end. I also think that's a good thing, because it's my fear that also keeps me going. I want to beat these fears, I want to show these fears who is boss, and because of that, I write and write and write.
Fear can be a terrible thing, but I also know how good it feels when I conquer my fears. So for now, I will keep writing and battling my fears.
What about about you? What do you fear about writing? How do you deal with this?