Take a minute and think about what scares you. Spiders? The Dark? Heights?
There are lots of people who have all sorts of fears but one of the most common is probably putting ourselves out there, on the line.
But here's the thing, there are incredible opportunities, for all of us, no matter where we live or how long we have been writing or what degrees we have or anything. We have to get over ourselves and realize that if we don't get over our fear of putting ourselves out there, the greater fear could end up being our reality - the fear of not progressing.
Opportunities are in abundance. There are always blogfests where people are offering critiques, conferences that we can attend, opportunities to pitch our manuscripts. Oftentimes we don't try something because it might mean it's not received with open arms. But when this happens, I often ask myself one question.
What's the worst thing that can happen?
What if I pitch a story to an agent and they tell me it's not what they are looking for? Am I any further away from my dream than I was before?
We have to chase after these opportunities because there are so many people who truly want to help. We have to get over our fear. So grab a drink of your choice (DIET COKE!), figure out how to make what you have been avoiding happen and get yourself out there.
What have you been trying to avoid that you need to do? What opportunities are waiting for you right now?