Fear of Failure or Rejection?

What keeps you from writing the story that’s been tumbling in your head forever? What keeps you from posting your work? What keeps you from pressing that dreaded submit button on a contest or a submissions call?

Call it nervousness, apprehension or straight-up fear. Name it, claim it, and then conquer it.

Are you afraid of failing in a public forum? Is your inner-critic getting too much air-time in noisy-noise of your brain-bucket?

For me, I feel like I’m faking it every time I write. Maybe I am. Maybe someone will call me out on it and say I’m a terrible writer. It’ll probably happen. It already has. Feedback is feedback. Whether here or in review, it’s the only way I’ll improve. If writing was easy, we’d all be rich. The pursuit of honing my craft urges me forward.

Doesn’t mean I don’t write. Doesn’t mean I won’t keep trying. So, what’s holding you back?

Many contests go up at across the Interwebs every month, some of them with cash prizes and some with publication at cool e-zines. Some sites have super duper weekly short snapper challenges to get your juices flowing.

Jeepers, what’s wrong with you? Nothing. Take a goodsome length of duct tape and muzzle that Negative Ned or Nancy that whispers that you’re not good enough, You are.

Do it. Do it now. Click submit.

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Doug Langille

Doug Langille is a husband, father and shameless technophile living the good life in Nova Scotia. He's also a grandfather, bird keeper, dog owner and cat butler. By day, Doug fights the good fight working in I.T. at the Nova Scotia Community College. When asked to describe his work, he says: "I think stuff up and write it down." He does other stuff too. Doug draws inspiration from his favourite authors, including: Stephen King, Clive Barker, Jack Whyte, Philip K. Dick and Robert W. Service. He doesn’t usually talk about himself in the third-person, but when he does he tends to bend the truth.

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