Before I even begin, fear sets in

Posted: 4 January, 2012 in Staying positive, writing

It’s funny how fear and self-doubt work. I don’t even have to be working on something for it to start eating away at my confidence.  I’ve already failed, I’ve been humiliated, everyone hates what I’ve written, I’ll never write again – and I haven’t even started writing anything!

There are so many stories of struggle and success, from politicians, athletes, writers, actors.  Regardless of the outcome the message is the same – they tried, they failed, they tried again. They may not have succeeded the second time, or even the 22nd time, but success did eventually come.  It wouldn’t have if they had given up after a few failed attempts.

I think of great books that would not be published today if it weren’t for the persistence of the authors. Theodor Seuss Geisel’s first book was rejected by 27 different publishers, yet now there are few children (or adults) who haven’t read a Dr Seuss book.  Louisa May Alcott, who wrote one of my favourite ever books “Little Women”, struggled to get her work published. JK Rowling, Stephen King, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – all faced rejection many times before finding success. How hard would it have been for them to keep submitting their work after being told repeatedly that it wasn’t worth publishing?  I’ve read that Stephen King eventually threw his repeatedly-rejected first novel in the bin. But after some encouragement from his wife he stuck with it and “Carrie” has gone on to become one of those cult classics of both the printed page and the big screen.

One thing is certain.  All these authors at least had something to be rejected.  If I can so easily talk myself into failure before I’ve even set pen to paper, I really have no hope of success.

And that’s not the way this year is going to go.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s