This time of year conjures up all things frightening and fearful in the spirit of Halloween. While some take delight in such "spooktacular" events such as haunted houses, scary movies, or reading thrillers (#Shards of Trust), others might dread these type of experiences that make their hearts race and sets them on the edge of their seats. What is a thrill for one may be anxiety for another.
That got me to consider the community of writers. How many of us enjoy every aspect of the writing journey? Do we look forward to the challenges that can cause us fright, or do we take flight when risks are required that seem too daunting?
Recently, a new author in an online writer's group was about to seek publication of her new novel. She confided that she became extremely anxious as she considered the marketing tasks that followed publication of her new novel. While she enjoyed writing, the thought of doing book signings or promoting her book, caused her so much discomfort that she sought help from her physician. Her fear of making mistakes was preventing her from moving forward.
I think we can all relate to some extent. Risks, or even fear of the unknown, can be downright scary. Taking risks can lead to mistakes, but what is the alternative? Of course, one could play it safe, but that is stagnating.
Perhaps it is better to take the pressure off of ourselves. I have decided that it is best to make mistakes, even to expect them. In fact, it is by making mistakes that I truly know that I am trying something new and taking risks; it is proof of forward momentum, not the other way around. Oh sure, my palms get sweaty with any new venture, and sometimes I want to run, but the sense of pride and accomplishment after working through it, is so worth it.
Let's support our fellow writers/authors and help them through their fright, because the world could end up missing a great gift if even one of our colleagues chooses flight. Have a happy Halloween! Now let's get out there and make some mistaakes!