I have not been writing recently. Because I was afraid. Fear has beaten me over and over again.
Here’s why. This is exactly it.
There was no physical danger in pursuing my writing.
Nobody was going to try to hurt me because they read an article I wrote about book marketing.
And yet, I was terrified.
I was so afraid to put something I wrote out into the world. It’s one thing to do the work behind someone else putting her work out there. It is quite different to do it yourself. But again, why?
What is so scary about sharing your creativity with the world?
When I am creating something, I am digging into my soul to expose something. These aren’t widgets being created on an assembly line somewhere. I am putting a piece of myself on the page and then exposing it to the world. When I code up a website and somebody doesn’t like it, I don’t feel like somebody isn’t liking me. But when someone doesn’t like my writing, it feels like that thing inside my soul is stupid and not worth being exposed.
That’s much more personal.
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