Fearing the transformation… writer to author

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Writers sometimes fear the very thing they earnestly desire… becoming a published author. It’s not a conscious fear, but a subtle concern over facing the unknown.

Writing in obscurity is easy. There are no expectations, no commitments, no deadlines. Some may putter for a decade or more on one or more manuscripts because it’s less stressful to keep writing than to try and put those words out where they will be scrutinized. There is worry about being judged and coping with their very private, introspective world becoming public. Yet the dream of publication remains.

Fall Leaves 1

All changes, even the most longed for,
have their melancholy;
for what we leave behind us
is a part of ourselves;
we must die to one life
before we can enter another.

(Anatole France)

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The thing is, even published authors face doubts. They wonder about their ability to write another marketable book — one that is better than the one before — or was the initial achievement just a fluke? Can they fit the writing of something new into the daily schedule that now includes promoting the earlier book(s)?

There’s no magic remedy for the fear. Changing the status quo takes courage and effort. (I have to keep telling myself that! How about you?) There is no possibility of failure if an attempt at success is never made.

Fall Leaves 2

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6 thoughts on “Fearing the transformation… writer to author

  1. pauladkin says:

    But really the greatest fear of most writers is not that of not being a published author, but of NEVER being a published author. Having had the courage to try doesn’t make publishers suddenly prick up their ears and say “yes, let’s get him or her.” I admire the courage of my agent who sent my MSS, which she loved and thought was great literature, to hundreds of publishers and got hundreds of rejections. No, the dilemma of the writer is not simply a fear of being published or having the courage to overcome that fear, it’s something far more practical – only a certain number of writers will get published, and so, unless we publish ourselves, most of us will never find our readers.

    • Carol says:

      That’s true, Paul. For those who make it past the initial barrier that keeps them from finishing or submitting their work, rejection is often the next reality. It not only takes courage but also a lot of persistence, and even then there’s still no guarantee of publication. It’s a highly competitive industry.

  2. S. Etole says:

    The leaves are beautiful. Much of life requires persistence with no guarantee of a favorable outcome.

  3. Katt says:

    Very thought provoking. And as usual beautiful pictures. Keep writing my friend, the transition is not that far for you! And yes, I do ask myself all the time, “can I really write? And who will read what I write?” Great post!

  4. Hi Carol – Change is difficult in every area of life. You’ve give me food for thought and possibly a blog post about my own journey to publication. :) Blessings, Susan

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