|(because everyone just needs some Aragorn every now and then)|
“This is so stupid.”
|Oh yeah. So scary.|
*hear the sarcasm dripping from my voice*
You see the doubt in his eyes? You see the terror and uncertainty? He is just as uncertain and insecure as he's making you. Look at him. Why should you listen to, much less believe, a word of what he has to say?
You are not going to get it right the first time.
No one does. It is impossible. You cannot write a perfect novel in one go. You have to rewrite. And rewrite. And rewrite. Over and over and over again.
So ... why are you so afraid?
(No, I'm serious. That's all I got from witnessing this massive arguement.)
And to be honest with you, fear has been keeping me back a lot lately. Fear that I can't be good enough. That my book will never be an amazing masterpiece.
But what has that done for me?
I've been stuck for over a month and have accomplished next to nothing. All that fear did was hold me back, and kept the fear truth.
I'm not going to write a good book. Not if I don't write.
Sometimes, you just have to smack Fear in the face. It doesn't matter what you feel. If you've made the decision that this matters to you, you can't let emotions -- things that are constantly changing with circumstance -- determine whether or not you continue.
And you also have to recognize the fact that ...
You see, though some of the things fear tells us may be true, that doesn't mean we can't change them. We have that power. If we learn to push past our fear and buckle down and work instead of fret, then our writing will be so much better for it.
Plus, you know. You'll actually get stuff done. Instead of just cowering and whimpering which will not make a difference at all.
Your writing shouldn't depend on what others say. You are writing because you want to write. And in the end, that's all that matters.
Would you rather get a couple of mean reviews on your work, or risk the chance of never putting yourself out there, and possibly inspiring someone in a way you never imagined?
Without risk, there is no change.
Please take this to heart. Your writing is beautiful, and so are you. Don't let something as silly and insignificant as fear keep you from sharing your work and, quite possibly, changing lives.
So write on, my friends! Kick fear in the butt. I mean, come on. Look at him run!
|That's right. You better run. I'm coming for you.|
Don't let fear win.
Have you had problems sharing your work because of fear? Is there anything you have learned about conquering it? Please share in the comments!