As mere writers, the word “author” puts fear in our hearts. As mere people, the word “writer” can put fear in our hearts, too.
“We have met the enemy and he is us.” ~ Walt Kelly
While the quote was taken from the comic strip “Pogo” and was designed to help promote environmental awareness on the first “Earth Day” in 1970, the quote is applicable to writers and, dare I say, any creative person. We are afraid of publishing our work. Publishing as in making it public. It’s scary! But why? Because. We. Can. Be. Rejected. We can fail! So of course, we are our own worst enemies. However, it is quintessentially for that reason that we must publish.
Learning is failing better. ~ Kathryn Atkins 🙂
I didn’t know how to author a book, so I wrote and published (10 Reasons to Hire a Professional Writer). Yes, I made a few tactical errors, but I learned so much! We are lucky to live in an age when we can publish our work without censor from a publishing industry that, while wonderful in its own way (thank you, publishing industry), has made the “author” word fearful. They also made publishing itself nearly impossible. Not so much now. We can author all sorts of stuff. But the coolest part is that we get to practice our art form (our writing) and eventually we can be a golly gosh darn gee published author! We learn with every time we try and fail. If we don’t try, we don’t fail, and if we don’t fail, we don’t learn.
I like learning, failing, failing better, and learning more. It makes me better. Not perfect, but better. So, as Martha Stewart says, “And that’s a good thing.”
I love being a writer and love more being an author of two books now. (My second, big-girl book is Giving My Self to the Wind.) I hope you give your self to the wind and publish something. Put on your big person panties, and author up. It’s worth it. Oh. . . and let me know when you publish! Please.
Let me know if you’d like me to speak to your group about becoming an author. Or about the “Challenge and Joy of Finishing.” The talk is an interactive workshop that I give to groups and individuals having trouble getting to “The End.” Contact me through this site or through firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.