I’m more confident writing non-fiction than I am writing fiction.
I suspect I’m more comfortable with non-fiction because a reader can’t argue with what I write. He/she is free to not like how it is written, but he/she can’t say I shouldn’t have written it. Does that even make any sense?
All I know is that when I post a fictional story, I feel nervous and insecure. (Okay, more nervous and insecure than usual.) Who do I think I am to think that something I imagined would be of any interest to anyone?
This is the question that frequently keeps me from working on my novel or from participating in more fiction challenges.
My friend and critique partner, Dawn posted a timely writing exercise today geared towards examining the fears we have as writers (Writing Fears Part 1). The first step to overcoming fear is recognizing it. For me, the biggest fear that keeps me from working on my WIP is wasting time writing a boring novel that will never be published.
But how do I know it will be boring if I don’t write it? And is it really a waste of time? Won’t I learn valuable lessons from writing something that is never published?
I know! I need to ‘get over it’ already and just write!
Boy, this support group is so helpful!
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. ~Henry David Thoreau
There is no use worrying about things over which you have no control, and if you have control, you can do something about them instead of worrying. ~ Stanley C. Allyn
Don’t forget to visit The Write Soil tomorrow for tips on dealing with our fears about writing!