Do you ever worry if you have a real gift for writing? Do you ponder over whether you should go with a traditional publisher or if you should self-publish? Do you consider book marketing beyond you? Do you worry about the genre you should write, or the places you should sell your book, or even if, after all, that there are so many authors out there publishing their work, that no one will even blink at yours?
As authors, I think we make good worriers. And I believe that this worrying destroys us like a fire that's burning down a forest or even a yard that has been rampaged by a large dog.
We may ask ourselves these questions on a daily basis, nearly halting or completely stopping our progress:
What if, after all of my writing, I never sell anything?
What if I make a mistake and choose the wrong publisher? What if a publisher never chooses me?
What if I make a mistake in marketing?
What if I write the wrong stuff, or publish a book that no one reads?
Worry not only burns us but tramples all of our good ideas. Worry makes us feel that we are not good enough, that our work is not good enough, so thereby we are not good enough. Worry says, "Maybe I shouldn't even start."
Writing without worry is kind of like eating candy without thinking of weight gain. You just enjoy the process, you know? You write and write and write, and then you edit and edit and edit. And then you submit and you keep on submitting even after rejection after rejection comes your way.
Because you're not worried about being good enough, or about marketing, or about sales, you are an author, and you write. Writing opens up when you are more concerned with doing your best work, sharing your heart, and you're less concerned about bringing in that hefty paycheck.
Writers block becomes almost nil when you're more concerned about just enjoying the journey. And worry is shelved or brushed away, the more you've decided to concern yourself with what you're going to give instead of what you're going to get.
Guest Blogger Bio
Kathryn has been a published writer since 1987. She graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Mass Communication and a minor in Creative Writing. Her studies included work in creative writing, public relations and journalism. In 2012, she opened the doors to Idea Creations Press, a publishing services company that caters to writers and their writing, publishing and marketing needs. Her newest book, Marketing Your Book on a Budget, can be found on Amazon.