"It is with immense excitement, and not a little terror, that I..."
Not a little terror was putting it mildly. Letting my friends and family know that my thoughts and feelings were out there for public consumption was one of the scariest things I have ever done in my life. That cute little story was fun to work on, but to actually put it out there, knowing it would be praised yet criticized, applauded yet judged, was terrifying.
I am so grateful I overcame that fear.
Three years later, so much has happened. I have done print interviews, online radio interviews, held writing sessions with seniors groups, spoken to writing students at my high school alma mater, started this website and blog, not to mention Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts where I get to interact with my readers, started a YouTube channel to help other writers (that I have been behind on, but I digress), and am currently working on my fourth book.
None of that would have happened had I been afraid to put that first novel out there.
I have also learned a lot of lessons along the way. A LOT of lessons. As those of you who first bought those early copies know all too well, they were a mess. As a first time independent author, I tried to do too much myself, and ended up with a book riddled with typos because I was too afraid to let anyone else read it. I was afraid it was going to suck, and guess what- that didn't stop it from sucking.
Fear won't make your writing any better.
That was a fear I had to overcome, and now have a group of dear friends who edit for me. They aren't afraid to be brutally honest and I love them for it. Learning those lessons, in my humble opinion, is one of the reasons my novel, Phoenix Morrow, is one I am so proud of. While I hope my current project surpasses it, it is absolutely my best work to date. If you haven't read it, I hope you get it and let me know what you think.
If you have a story you are working on but are afraid to let anyone read it, you are not alone. I was there, and I'm sure every author out there was in your shoes at one point in their career. If you need encouragement, seek it. Contact me through this website or on social media, or just comment below. Reach out to a friend who is a writer. Whether its me or someone else, the support and love is out there. You'll never know how valuable it is until you have it.
Overcome your fears. Someday, you will be someone's favorite author.
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