We Can Be Our Own Worst Enemies
One of my main missions for this month was to get a piece of fiction completed and published as a kindle book. Well I am happy to report that I am almost there. The writing is complete, I am in the middle of adding the front and back matter and I have also ordered my book cover.
There are only a few days left until this month is over so if my kindle cover arrives in time I will just about make my 31st January 2015.
How Fear Stopped Me in My Tracks
If I am completely honest, this book, which is a collection of super short stories, could have been completed two weeks ago. All I had to do was finish one story and type up another one and I was done. BUT I let fear of failure and self doubt take hold of me.
I started to doubt that my work was any good. I started thinking that my stories were too short and that no-one would want to read them. The lengths range from 1,000 – 1700 words. Something that would be suitable for magazines. I know that there is a market for this type of thing because I bought and read these type of magazines for my own research purposes. Still, I let those feelings of doubt creep in.
How I Kicked Fear To The Kerb
I did a couple of things in order to help. I gave a couple of the stories to my sister to read. She is always honest and is good at giving criticism. I also started reading more short stories. This helped to reinforce the fact that there is a market out there.
After doing these two things, I got my butt in gear, got everything typed up and ready for formatting.
Next Step – Getting The Book Cover
I really didn’t want to spend too much time on this. As it is a collection of short stories that someone could read during a tea-break, I decided to theme the cover with a teacup. I searched through lots of images, found something I liked and placed my order on Fiverr.com.
I hope that this little collection will be ready before the month is up. I will let you know via email.
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PS – I have made a firm commitment to give this fiction writing a real go by investing in Geoff Shaw’s Kindling Programme. I had to hold my breath while my finger hovered over the Paypal submit button, but I did it and I am sooo excited to start learning and earning. Wish me luck 🙂
Have Your Say: Has fear and self doubt stopped you from doing something you really want to do? How did you conquer it? I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.