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.
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.
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.
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