Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Fear of Failure

I went on a rampage last year and wrote four novels. Now that they've been contracted, I'm finally working on a new novel. But, the process is painful, tortorously so. I'm so worried that now that I've published, everything else I create will never measure up. Even so, I force myself to write at least one page a day, but it's like trying to squeeze blood from a turnip, to use a shopworn line.

Any of you other pubbed authors feel that way?

Jenny Gilliam


Rhonda said...

I have felt that way! This may sound dumb but the way over came this fear was to tell myself, "I'm writing this for me, not publication." Then I just write. After the piece is finished, if I want to I submit it, if not, I don't and I've had fun writing. Hope this works for you :)

Rhonda Gibson

Suzanne Brandyn said...

Hi Jenny,
I would say everyone, it doesn't matter what they do, have a certain fear of failure.
But if you don't try you have failed already.
My motto is keep trying, and trying and continue to keep trying. If the desire to succeed is in your heart you will succeed. :)
All the best,
Passion In Paradise release date TBA

Mel said...

Yes, absolutely. I think Rhonda has the right idea. If you close the door while you are writing then you'll be fine. Well, at least until you open the door.

Terry Spear/Terry Lee Wilde said...

Absolutely, Jenny! When I started writing, BC (before contracts), I came up with stories all the time. Now I have a contracted work I haven't even written, a first for me, and so I'm slogging along trying to get it started, for the third time. Although, I did this for my last book too, which was requested. I rewrote the opening so many times, trying to get it perfectly right. Then got stuck in the middle and finally pushed through it. :)

I think I only truly wrote one story all the way through without having all the self doubt years ago. Chalk up your doubts to creative writing genius, and let the muse flow. If it doesn't, ignore it and write anything, then go back and revise!

Renee Knowles said...

I am currently in the middle of a three-book contract, and it's my first that I've contracted before it's written. I've had fun with it, but definitely felt a lot more pressure. So, I hear you! I think it's just a matter of plugging away one day at a time...