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WHAT IS 13?

It’s Friday the 13th and today’s topic is fear.

What is fear?

Fear has been defined as a vital response to physical danger. If we didn’t feel it, we couldn’t protect ourselves from legitimate threats. However, often we fear situations that are not life threatening but pose an emotional danger and thus avoid them in the name of sanity. But by not facing our fears, we are feeding the gluttonous monster.

Think about fear in terms of your desire to write, or your lack of writing. What is stopping you from being who you are? Have you let someone else’s goals become your goals? Are you intimated by the productivity, or success, of others? Did you reach for a star only to it have fade away before you could grasp it?  Did you receive love from an editor or agent and then found that relationship wasn’t meant to last? Has life in general attacked you?

We all let outside factors affect our productivity from time to time. There is no shame it, but at some point, we should recognize that we’re causing ourselves harm by tying ourselves into a knot of stress, and by extension hurting our love ones.

Great works take time and love. You can’t give your muse love if all you feel is angst because….  So you’re not the writer who can pound out three books a year. Personally, when my life is over, I want to be remembered as writing that one memorable book for my readers rather than one-hundred toss away novels. I continue to work on my skill as a writer and I want my next work to be better than my last one.

So you haven’t made USA Today or NYT best seller list. I have my opinions concerning those publishing crowns, which I’ll keep to myself today.  However, if that’s your goal, you’re not done writing yet, right? The next book might hit a list. The same goes with gaining the interest of a publisher or agent.

So life has encroached on your path? We all have priorities. Family and friends top my list. If I walked away from them during times of need to write, I wouldn’t respect myself. I can write any minute of the day and any day of the week. Some of my best ideas came during stressful times.  A truly great story mirrors life. Take notes.

My motto has been since I started writing and continues to be; Word By Word, Line By Line, Page By Page.

So today, on the day others have imposed on us to be fearful of black cats, cracks in the side walk, mom and pop hotels, strangers, bright lights in the sky, let’s examine our fears for what they truly are and then brush them to the side and enjoy our passions.

 

 

Autumn Jordon is sneaker-wearing Ruby who authors light-heart contemporary romances and seat-edging mystery/suspense novels. Her newest release, Perfect Fall is the book of her heart. Check it out at www.autumnjordon.com and while you’re there join her occasional newsletter.   

Scary Beginnings

I’ve just finished one last pass of revisions on my latest manuscript, and you know what that means.  Yep–time to start a new one. But beginnings scare me.  Whether it’s beginning a new job (What if my boss hates me?), beginning a garden (How am I supposed to remember to water those things every day?), or beginning a yoga class (What if I’m not flexible enough?), I run right, smack into that fear of the unknown.  Even beginning a new manuscript scares me.  What if this one isn’t as good as the last one?  What if this idea, which seemed brilliant when it came to me last week in a dream, turns to crap as soon as I start putting words on paper?  I don’t know if it’s those fears or just a natural part of my process, but I never start my manuscripts in the right place.  I scrap and rewrite that opening scene dozens of times, not to mention the first page, the first paragraph, and the first line. 

Writing Through Fear

I received a lot of praise as a young writer – so much so that, rather than disappoint anyone by not living up to what I felt were exceedingly high expectations, I …simply stopped.

I took the occasional class here and there, but I didn’t write anything of significance except checks, documentation and source code for the next twenty years. “Someday,” I said to myself. “Someday.”

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