… as a writer?
I remember when I first got the email from my publisher , saying that they were prepared to publish my Books , a feeling of elation almost overwhelmed me, along with – of all things – emotions of fear and sheer panic!
I suppose it was fear of the unknown and a natural disinclination to draw attention to myself. But on the other hand, I’ve always wanted to be a writer since I was a very young child. The big difference is, though, that most of my childhood stories were for my consumption alone. The thought of taking my ideas and dreams into a public forum was scary! Making up stories for oneself is very different from sharing them with others: fear of rejection, fear of ridicule, and last, but not least, fear of failure.
Fear of failure can stop people from even trying to achieve their dreams and it’s such a shame. Yes, it can be a tremendous blow when we don’t succeed, but surely it’s better to try than just bury our heads in the sand and never know what would have happened if we’d just tried?
As a writer, I’ve yet to become a roaring success and I almost stalled when I received that email, but I took a deep breath, signed the contract and a few months later, almost wet myself when I saw my first book on Amazon 😀
So, even if I never have another book or story published, I will continue to write, and yes, continue to dream my dreams 🙂