Saturday, June 19, 2010
The Many Fears a Writer Faces
The monster of fear comes in different forms:
1. Fear of choosing the wrong subject. A subject that will just not interest the readers, agents and editors.
2. Fear of not doing justice to it by way of plot, characters, dialogues and style.
3. Fear of not having sufficient time to devote to the manuscript.
4. Fear of not being able to complete the book. Many times half way through writing we realize that certain elements are just not gelling. Should I shelve the book, or, rewrite?
5. Fear of not getting an agent.
6. Fear of the book not finding any home (publishing house) even though the agent is on board. (That is my biggest fear)
7. Fear of the editor chopping parts that we considered crucial or important. That is after the book has been placed with a publishing house.
8. Fear of being trashed by critics on whose words hang our writing careers. (If a critic is having a bad day, the result is a bad review)
9. Fear of readers disliking the book. ( That is a major fear)
10. Fear of the first print run being unsold. ( Another fear that haunts)
11. Fear of not being given another chance to redeem ourselves.
12. Fear of failure, of being unable to rise upto our own expectations.
With so many fears surrounding us, it’s a wonder we are able to put pen to paper.
Indeed it’s a brave soul that battles these fears to emerge with words that not only make sense, entertain, but also bring joy into someone’s life.
Which fear or shall I say fears do you face or have faced in your writing journey. How do you capture these fears to write day in and day out. It will be of great help to each of us if you share your experiences.