Sunday ROW80 check-in

Over the years, I’ve come to accept that feelings like fear, anxiety, and doubt are part of the creative process. Fear of success, fear of failure, fear of sharing our work with others…All of these feelings come and go. I recently discovered a great YouTube video about fear in our writing careers that I thought I’d share.

In her talk, “Facing Your Fears in Indie Publishing,” Susan Kaye Quinn addresses the different types of fear we face in our writing careers and how we can overcome them. Her video is geared toward indie authors, but it’s helpful regardless of what publishing path we’re taking.

ROW80 check-in

Writing:

  • Finish a second draft of my novella “Good Old-Fashioned Magic.” Revised two chapters this week.
  • Write a first draft of another novella. Wrote a rough outline and part of a new scene.
  • Read a minimum of four books on the business or craft of writing. Two of four books read. Finished reading “Write Your Novel from the Middle” by James Scott Bell.

Social media:

  • Check in on Twitter or Facebook daily. Met for Tuesday-Thursday, not Monday or Friday.
  • Blog two times per week. Goal met.
  • Comment on three to five blogs per day, Monday-Thursday. Met for all days except Monday.

A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. It’s also a blog hop!

What types of fear have you faced in your writing career? How did you overcome that fear and keep writing?

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5 thoughts on “Sunday ROW80 check-in

  1. I will have to watch the video when I get the time. It sounds like it would indeed be helpful to all writers. I think that we all face a lot fears. Fear of writers blog, fear of rejection, fear of getting a book deal because now I have that much more pressure, fear of bad reviews, fear of good reviews because how can I top this great book with a better book, etc. All I can do about all that fear is just keep going, one day at a time, one step at a time, one word at a time.

    • I hope you get a chance to watch Susan’s video all the way through. I know that I found it very inspirational.

      Leading a creative life takes a lot of courage. I think the fears you listed are natural. It’s pushing through them that’s that hard part. And you’re right–we do that one word at a time.

  2. I have far less fear now than I once did. I do fear approaching other writers I admire, when they’re well known, because I don’t want to seem stalkery. Instead, I get all self-conscious.

    I’m learning to deal with it. I’ve already dealt with fear of failure, success, running out of the things to say, having others think my writing is horrible…

    I’ll watch the video once the house quiets down for the evening…looks interesting.

    • I’ve learned to accept fear as a natural part of the creative process. Looking at it from that angle makes it much easier to push through the fear and keep working. It doesn’t stop me in my tracks the way it once did.

      I hope you had a chance to watch the video. It’s a bit longer than most YouTube videos, but definitely worth the time.

      • I haven’t gotten to it yet, but I’ve saved it.. Right now, the words and ideas are coming, and I’m in the creative surge. When the lull comes, it’ll be waiting.

        It does look very interesting!

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