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Fear Will Either Make or Break a Writer

22 Apr

003Happy Tuesday to you all!

Well, let’s see, what is happening with me?  Oh, that’s right, I’m still editing. Sigh!  But it is necessary and as much as I moan about it, I am happy to do it if it improves my book.  While I’m making changes to the manuscript, I am having a friend of mine, Lizzy, construct a new website for me, and I’m excited about that. It is in its infancy stages but you  can find it here.

I’m also working on the final tagline and logline, and of course the perfect query letter will also have to be written….and we took a bunch of pictures and one of them will eventually be the book cover.  What else? Well, you get the point…it seems to be an endless process, but it really feels like I’m on the homestretch heading for the finish line.

One of the photos I’m thinking of using as the inspiration for the book cover is here……..town_250

Let’s see….what shall we talk about today?

How about fear?


Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins.

Charles Stanley

I see this every single day, writers who are afraid to try things because they think they will fail.  My, my, my goodness, folks, it’s now or never in my humble opinion.

So what if you fail? The best hitter in baseball fails seven out of every ten times he steps to the plate….how’s that for a sucky percentage of success?

If you don’t know how to do something in this business then learn.  Reach out and ask for help. That’s how we all learn.  If you are afraid of negative comments then surround yourself with positive people. If you are afraid of being rejected then get over it.

If you are a writer then the only way to succeed is to risk it all.  There are no instant winners in this lottery.  We all have to go through the process, and the process at times can be uncomfortable and demoralizing, but it is necessary if we are to grow in our craft.


Step out of your comfort level.  I recently accepted a challenge from two writing friends and wrote two poems.  They were less than great (LOL) but I did it and I’m a better writer because I tried.

Big fish in little ponds never experience the freedom of open waters unless they take a risk.  You can quote me on that since I just made it up. J


If you want to know anything about marketing your product (your writing) then pay attention to my friend Heidi, a marketing specialist. She has been helping businesses to advance for years now and her suggestions can help you as well.  You can find her on HubPages here.


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I’m in a summer state of mind. I hope this picture puts you there as well.


Back to the editing I go.  I hope you all have a fantastic and productive day.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”