Writing can be scary. Anyone who has never written for publication may feel I’m exaggerating. But the fears are real. I’ll only speak from my own experience. There has not been a time when I wasn’t at least a little concerned about my words as I craft or submit them. The longer I work at this creative craft of writing the scarier it can become.
At first, I fought fear:
- When I sat down to write wondering if it’s any good.
- Sharing my work with others.
- Having my work critiqued
- Pitching it at conferences
- Sending out manuscripts to agents, editors and publishers
- Receiving Rejections
- Receiving a call saying a contract is on the way
- Working though the publication process
- Marketing that book
- Writing the next book
Now I only get scared when:
- I begin a new book
- Pitch a new idea
- Complete my Manuscript
- Receive an email request for my manuscript
- Get a rejection
- Get the call of acceptance
- Get a call from an editor to write in a novella collection
- Write the novella
- While finishing a requested manuscript
- I wonder if my readers will love it
And at times I feel the fear more intently because I know how much work is involved in getting the story out into the marketplace. Each new cover gives me a feeling of joy and dread. Will the readers like it? Is it my best work? Will sales be good enough to get me noticed so I can continue to do what I love.
For me all through this scary journey as an author I have recalled the verse: “Whenever I am afraid I will trust in You.” And mant other passages draw me out of my fear. My faith keeps me focused and brings peace amid the stormy times. Reflecting on God’s Word is my calming place. Those powerful words written by the Author of the Universe remind me who is in control of my life and I need not be afraid.
What is the scariest part of the writer’s life for you? What calms your fears ?