And make us lose the good we oft might win,
By fearing to attempt.
-William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
Doubt. If you have none, I'm seriously jealous. I'm guessing that most writers have a healthy dose of the "D" word.
I sometimes wonder when the writer police will pound on my door and arrest me for fraud. I hope he'll at least look like Bradley Cooper. All hunky and tousled, with a split lip and aviator sunglasses. Like in "The Hangover"... *sigh*
Now, where was I?
Oh yes, doubt. The fear of failure shouldn't keep us from doing what we love. And our love of writing shouldn't disappear when we experience bumps along the way. We learn from our mistakes, and we grow.
Let's toss our doubts in the slammer, my writer friends. Let's throw away the key and write on!
P.S. A big thanks to the gals at "Adventures in Children's Publishing" for announcing Ann Marie Wraight and I as co-winners of their book prizes. Marissa and Martina, there's no doubt that you two contribute mightily to the writing community.