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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