I’ve been writing, rewriting, editing, and re-editing my fantasy book, The Tirwine over a three-year period. I’ve read books and websites. I’ve prayed. I’ve attended conferences; I’ve shared my manuscript with agents and editors. I’ve taken webinars classes. My critique group has read it. I’m going through it, just one more time. I’ve even found a content editor online who loves to read and write fantasy books and has very good references.
So what’s the problem?
I’ll re-ask my question again. Have you ever wanted something so bad, only to find that when the time comes, you’re too scared to do anything? My hands shake; my brain has shut down, and the “what if’s” begin:
* What if it’s not ready?
* What is it’s not good enough?
* What if it doesn’t make sense?
* What if I spend all that money for nothing?
* What if the editor doesn’t like it?
What if...what if...what if...?
Should I find someone else to read it? Should I redo the whole thing? Should I take a deep breath and just send my manuscript and money to the editor?
Have these ‘hesitations’ ever happened to you? I had a friend who wanted to sell cars. He took classes and read books. He watched his peers with many years of experience. In the end, he quit.
How do you master your fears?
Please share your ideas in the comment section below.