Fear of Failure or Rejection

By Doug Langille.

What keeps you from writing the story that’s been tumbling in your head forever? What keeps you from posting here? What keeps you from pressing that dreaded submit button on a contest or a submissions call?

Call it nervousness, apprehension or straight-up fear. Name it, claim it, and then conquer it.

Are you afraid of failing in a public forum? Is your inner-critic getting too much air-time in noisy-noise of your brain-bucket?

For me, I feel like I’m faking it every time I write. Maybe I am. Maybe someone will call me out on it and say I’m a terrible writer. It’ll probably happen. It already has. Feedback is feedback. Whether here or in review, it’s the only way I’ll improve. If writing was easy, we’d all be rich. The pursuit of honing my craft urges me forward.

Doesn’t mean I don’t write. Doesn’t mean I won’t keep trying. So, what’s holding you back?

Many contests go up at Writer’s Carnival every month, some of them with cash prizes and some with publication at cool e-zines.

We have the super duper Wednesday Weekly short snapper challenges and soon we’ll have the weekly Sideshow Challenge to get your juices flowing.

And then we have Reader’s Carnival. All you have to do is submit. And it pays coin.

Jeepers, what’s wrong with you? Nothing. Take a goodsome length of duct tape and muzzle that Negative Ned or Nancy that whispers that you’re not good enough, You are.

Do it. Do it now. Click submit.

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