"Do one thing every day that scares you."
I may not do something every day that scares me, but I have done things that I feared. When I was eighteen, I went to South Africa for a year as an Exchange student. Now that was stepping outside my box. I was halfway around the world, and I could not talk to my mother for months at a time. It was singularly one of the most self defining moments of my life. This experience made me realize I could meet challenges head on, and although it wasn't easy, I could learn, grow, and benefit from them.
Facing my fears sparked something in me, and I’ve found I’ve been facing them ever since (which leads to some interesting stories—like the time I rappelled off a castle wall). Still, confronting your fears is never easy.
As a writer I face many fears, some of them self imposed, some of them come with the territory. There are internal fears, those awful questions, such as: Will I ever finish my story? Will I ever be published? Will someone like my story? Why am I writing? Should I really attempt to write a certain type of scene? Is it even worth it? I could go on and on….
I am also facing external fears, such as: Am I writing enough pages/words? Am I making my self-imposed deadline (all right that’s an internal thing), and my decision to go to part time in order to write more and be with my family—will this give my family too much of a financial hardship?
So many fears.
I continue to write, and I am going to make this part time work. As for my other fears, I'll take them one at a time.
Are you doing something that scares you? What kind of fears have you faced, and overcome?