Jodie Llewellyn asks this question today:
As a writer, what do you fear the most?
Fifty-three writers, so far, have responded with their fears. Clearly writers fear a lot and want to express those fears.
I could have responded, too. But I don’t want to. I don’t want to talk about fears and I don’t want to think about them.
It’s not that I think I’m a perfect writer. Far from it. I know I have plenty to learn; probably always will.
But if I concentrate on fears, I will never succeed. If I don’t believe in my ability to reach my goals, then I won’t reach them.
I felt this way even before I knew I was going to be published. I saw all those posts by writers in the Insecure Writer’s Support Group!, in which they list all their insecurities, every month. And I thought, surely by doing this they are perpetuating the fears. Because no one replies, “You’re doing fine; don’t worry about it.” The respondents write, “Me, too.”
And I still feel that way. I know that getting published is only a first step and I need to stay positive if I want to advance along the writing path. Which I do.
So I’m not going to join that support group or think about fears. I’m going to plod on, because I’m determined to get there.
Hands up those who want to banish fears and believe in themselves.