Posts Tagged ‘fear of failure’

Facing the Fear

This past weekend Chelsea Cain gave a little gem of a talk at Write on the River. Hers was an inspirational review of her climb to fame. She said that perhaps someone in the audience would have a million-dollar idea for a novel. Hearing her personal story, many of us left that auditorium feeling that we just might be the one to have the next big success.

Mining your life

One of the things Chelsea Cain did to find her million dollar story (Sweetheart, Heartsick, Evil at Heart) was to pay attention to the things she was afraid of. She talked about the Green River serial killer, and how she grew up knowing that death came to young women in horrible ways right here in the Pacific Northwest. She was able to mine her own childhood to find the emotional depth to tell her serial killer stories partly because she was always afraid of one. Read More…

Your Death Bed Scene

I was very surprised to hear crime novelist Elizabeth George say one time in a speech that she avoided writing novels for years, and only began when she asked herself what she wanted said of her after she died: That she was afraid to write? Or that she wrote a book. That was exactly how I found the courage to write.

I was afraid of failure, and doubtful of my ability. I procrastinated for years. It was all fear and nothing but fear, although I pretended that when my life got simpler I would write a book. (If you have young children, this may well be a decent excuse.) The only thing that got me started was a matching terror: that in my old age I would be full of regret over not having written a novel. I played ugly death bed scenes out in my mind. When I’d had enough, I sat down and began writing.

Procrastinators Take Heart

I don’t know why some people jump right in and try writing a novel, or take courses in writing and then, pluckily, take a shot at a novel. People with that kind of confidence are quite annoying to the rest of us. Read More…