Honestly, is there anything scarier?
Every writer, published or unpublished, knows what I'm talking about. We all start in the same place: an aspiring novelist hoping to catch a break. And, as every writer knows, the road to that break is far from easy.
Given the time we spend on a project, it is inevitable that certain fears will creep inside our heads. What if this doesn't work? Am I waisting my time? Will anyone want to read this? Does my story suck? Is my writing good enough? Do I have what it takes? Am I wrong for spending so much time on this? Should I focus my time elsewhere? Though, by granting fear the attention it craves, our focus drifts and the quality of our work suffers.
We don't know it will happen. We don't know it will not happen, either.
Longtime readers can tell you I have more confidence in learning to fly than I do in my writing. But, at the same time, I am determined to complete my novel and make it the best it can be.
Personal mindset is one of our greatest controlling factors. Plugging through that first draft is psychological; it requires stamina and motivation - and that derives from confidence. We must believe in our work before anyone can be expected to do the same.
Passion and appreciation aside, it is my belief in the story that keeps me going. When I sit down to write, I dismiss the unknown and treat the project as a done deal. It will be read. It will land on shelves. It will be held in the hands of many. Most days, it seems to work.
How do you overcome the fear of failure?