This week Novel Clique posed the question:
What do writers fear?
I can honestly say my fears are endless. Rejection? Definitely. Failure? Every second. Fears are like a bag of weights I carry around with me. However, most of them I handle for the most part. Except for one that bedevils me at every turn: the inner critic. Perhaps it’s because we are hardest on ourselves. Maybe it’s because what I hear sounds way too true. Whatever the reason, I listen to everything my inner critic says regardless of whether she’s right or wrong. This is a common mistake. There are times when I know my critic is wrong. It’s a gut thing. And yet I will still assume she’s right and try to follow her judgment. When I do, the writing doesn’t work, and I’m frustrated. The inner critic serves a purpose, but the writer has to know when to shut the critic down. Never let fear keep you from doing that. I got there. Slowly. One critic kicking moment at a time.
While you’re making this list, come up with a few fictional fears (vampires, zombies, the dark, etc.) for next week’s question of the week.