I’ve written before about how scary it is to put your work out there. A lot has changed since that post. The fear’s still there but it’s much more manageable. Why? Because I do the thing that scares the crap out of me over and over again: I share my work.
I post tidbits on Twitter, offer scenes for critique, pin my MC’s quotes, enter contests, and share my work on this blog. Each time I put it out there, I feel braver, bolder, and more confident in my writing. I’m learning to trust my instincts while being open to constructive criticism.
Recently, my mother said she Googled me and read this blog. A year ago, I would’ve wanted to curl up in a ball and die of embarrassment. My response to her comment was “Thanks for reading it.” That’s real growth! Of course, I can’t say what will happen when she finally reads my kissyface scenes. *filing that under future freakouts*
I know it’s hard. I know it’s painful. I know it’s “Candyman”-scary. But let go of that fear and put yourself out there. You never know what you might get back in return.