Once the first draft is finished and you read through the story you laboriously set down, a hint of doubt creeps into your mind. A tiny seed if allowed to take root, will sabotage you. I’m talking about fear. Fear of failure, of not completing what you started. Fear that what you write will not measure up to what’s already out there in eBooks and in print. Fear that you’ve wasted so much time on this story and no one will want to read it.
This fear is normal, but if you start to dwell on it, obsess over it, you may find yourself in a bit of a jam. You begin to find excuses to not sit down and write. I need to walk the dog, weed the garden, and fold the laundry. There’s a TV show I want to watch. The excuses start to build up and you no longer write. However, the urge to write doesn’t go away. What to do, what to do.
Let me tell you something, if you truly love to write, but you feel the fear start to grow, you need to understand one thing: Do not compare yourself to what is already published. The only one you should compare your writing to is your own. The more you write and learn to edit what you write, you increase your skill. Remember, another way to learn to improve your writing abilities is join a good critique group online or in your area; one that points out what is wrong and why it’s wrong in a friendly manner. This is another way to keep the fear at bay.