That got me thinking about my writing. Sometimes, it's really easy to sit at home with our computers and just write. Our stories are loved (most of the time) and we just want to snuggle with them and love them and coo at them and have them be safe and just ours.
I'm sure, however, that each of you knows that is not the way our lives can be all the time. Most writing was meant to be shared and taking that step to sharing is a challenging thing to do.
Maybe even down right scary.
So why try?
We owe it to our beloved writing. Our heart and souls have gone into these characters, plots, settings. Each dialogue is honed and tweaked until just right. Or so we think. But for the writing to really be what we want it to be, others have to read, give insight, critique and we are going to have to make some changes.
And then we have to let people who don't love the story as much as we do have a chance at it. Fresh eyes. Newly critical eyes.
But after all the growing pains, we can end up with something really amazing. And I'm not just talking about the words on the page. Who we will become as writers, what we can learn, will truly blow our minds.
What writerly thing have you done that scared you? How do you get over that initial reaction of fear to allow you and your writing to even have a chance at being better?