Monday, June 14, 2010
Facing down fear
Some writing days are hard. Most of my energy isn't taken up with writing. It's spent just having the courage to try.
Sometimes the doubts swirl around my head. After all these months of hard work, what if the book isn't good enough to get published? What if my voice has disappeared? What if everyone hates my character? What if I'm not smart enough to finish the book? What if I die and I never finish the book?
The best thing I can do on those days is to put my head down and keep working. Sometimes I get lost in the story. I forget my worries and fall in love with my character all over again. Other days I spend all my time facing down fear. I accomplish nothing. I go to bed and hope tomorrow will be better.
*The image is a photograph I took of a St George and the dragon statue in Stockholm.