fear (fir) n. anxiety caused by real or possible danger, pain, etc.; fright
Fear of Failure
For writers, this is the fear that nothing is good enough. Their writing sucks, no one will want to read it, so why finish it? It can be paralyzing. These are the writers working on the same book for 10 or 12 years or they have a trunk-load of unfinished manuscripts in their computer’s hard drive or under the bed. Nothing will ever be good enough to do something with it.
Just as frightening is . . .
Fear of Success
This was me for years. What if I get published and it does well? Then, what do I do? What if I can’t repeat the success? What if I’m a one-hit wonder? From there, the only direction is down, right? If I do nothing, I have nothing to fear. When I published my first book with The Wild Rose Press I sat for months doing nothing. Why? Because my dream for so long was to “get published.” Now that it had happened I was at a loss of what came next. Dreams are glorious things, but what do you do when they come true?
What are you afraid of?
Occupo Somnium, Jill James, writer of romance and dreamer of dreams