Fear in Writing: Going Public

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Going Public

I admitted the writing thing yesterday.
One might think creating a blog, a website, and entering my first writing contest would count as "going public." But not so.
Yesterday I sent out the email, the one telling all my friends and family I have embarked on a new career as a fiction writer and hope for their support.
And then I panicked. Had I done the right thing? Was it too early to admit this endeavor? What if I fail? What if I never make it past this blog, this one contest entry?
Friedrich Nietzsche said, "The best author will be the one who is ashamed to become a writer." Though I don't hold the pessimistic view of much of Nietzsche's writing, I do relate to this statement. And I hope he is right in this case.

1 comment:

  1. Best of luck to you!

    Like many lawyers, I fantasize about writing legal mysteries. I even outlined one and started, but then I lost steam. I may turn to it again some day, but I do not have the fire in the belly that I think is necessary to write books.

    I wish you all the best in your new endeavors!