Has anyone ever asked you what your biggest fear is? I bet they have. Some people say spiders, roaches, the dark...
Mines is the ocean.
I know, I know, what a beautiful thing to be afraid of. The ocean is mystical and wondrous with its silent or crashing waves, unique creatures that live within it, and shiny multi-color sea shells.
See the problem is not the waves or shiny shells, but the creatures who are unique and exotic and so complex that live within the other world so close to ours.
To be specific...sharks.
Ever since I saw Jaws as a young one I have been terrified of the ocean. I mean the idea of Sharks sends me into a frenzy. I have always wanted to over come my fear of sharks and its home the sea, but the moment I step into the water and the translucent blue floats over my feet, the teeth and the massive fish come into mind and I step back onto the sand once again.
I want to overcome this fear, greatly. I want to be able to swim and enjoy the big blue. So I'm taking baby steps in overcoming this fear, because I am not going to allow it to determine what i can or cannot do.
The ocean is so vast it is almost like the world of publishing. It can be exhilarating and inspiring but it can also be terrifying and drowning. Being published is a fear all writers have at least once in some point in time of their career.
Some of us overcome that fear and challenge ourselves by diving in and swimming further into the deep blackness where we cannot see but only feel, others stay on the shore and watch the powerful waves crash and only wonder what is in there.
I do not want to be the one that stays on the shore forever.
I want to dive and swim, learn and grow, overcome my fear and challenge myself.
So as I am taking baby steps in overcoming my fear of the ocean I will continue to write and not allow the publishing world to frighten me.
What about you bloggers? What is your biggest fear? Does it resemble the publishing world? Are you afraid of staying on the shore forever?