When you stand of the precipice of really going for something it is amazing how many doubts and fears pop up. I am in the final stages of editing and I have someone working on a cover so that I can self publish my first novel. My excitement most days is tempered by this absurd fear of failure. I haven’t even tried and I am worried that it will be mocked, ridiculed and any other negative thought you might be capable of imagining. Yet that isn’t what keeps me up at night. Late at night when my creative muse prefers to do her little dance I have to reconcile myself to the idea that even if it is terrible I won’t stop. I can’t stop writing, I find myself doing it all the time I can’t imagine a day without it.
I have found solace in that I am not alone- writers while it’s a solitary activity are never alone.
Below is a great TED talk from Elizabeth Gilbert that I encourage all writers or people with a creative instinct watch.