Sunday, October 14, 2012

Facing Your Fears

Every day we as writers face fears.

Fear of rejection, fear of reviews, fear you'll never land an agent or editor, fear that your next book won't sell, fear your agent or editor won't approve those edits.

The list is endless. But the only way to overcome those fears is to face them. While I was in Europe this summer, I filmed this short vlog with tips on how to face those fears.



Do you have any tips that you'd like to share?

12 comments:

Jemi Fraser said...

Gorgeous views!!!! And great advice too. Each new step is full of fear for me. I'm getting slowly braver, but it's hard!! :)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

It scene looks like near where I live. :D

I love the friends I've made in the blogging community. They get it. They get the fears and everything that comes with trying to become published. :D

Andrea Mack said...

I've learned that its so helpful to share my fears or worries with other people, like my writing buddies (something I usually have a hard time doing), because they often have the same worries and you can encourage each other.

Talli Roland said...

Love the vlog - looks at those views! I find acknowledging the fear and forcing yourself to examine WHY you feel that way helpful to getting through.

Bish Denham said...

Wonderful advice. I particularly like the part about focusing on one's own writing and not what everyone else is doing.

The views ain't too bad either! :)

Vijaya said...

My advice, keep plugging along, get good shoes, get some poles, and don't fall off the mountain. ... Oh, wait, is that another fear? Mwahahahaha.

Thanks for the great advice.

Kim Kasch said...

I can face my fears . . . well...as long as it doesn't have anything to do with a shortage of chocolate...or spiders...or spiders in my chocolate - YIKES!

LynNerdKelley said...

What an awesome vlog, from the top of the mountain! Critique partners are super helpful and supportive. And positive, encouraging people are needed, too. I've made it a point to enjoy the journey. Lots of ups and downs, but more ups and it's all worth it. I've met so many wonderful people on this journey. Nice vlog, Christina!

Christina Farley said...

Jemi- So true. There are always new fears to conquer.

Stina- really? You must live in the most beautiful place in the world.

Andrea- you can share your worries to me every day you like

Tali- Thank you!

Bish- yes, with surroundings like this I felt so empowered

Vijaya- speaking of which, my youngest was climbing a huge snow draft and fell! He was fine but it was a scare.

Kim- yes, fear of chocolate becoming extinct is a great fear indeed.

LynNerdKelley- thank you! It was fun making it.

Mirka Breen said...

We must be thinking about related things, because my blog post today connects to yours…
Yes, fear is both a motivator and a paralyzer.

Katie L. Carroll said...

What a beautiful place to visit and vlog from. Great advice!

Sometimes realizing you have a fear and realizing it's normal and okay to have fears is the first step to moving past those fears.

Christina Farley said...

It really was a gorgeous place. And you are so right. Realizing those fears is so important!