Like most writers, I have a complex relationship with the emotion called "fear". After all, it can be a terrific motivator at times. But it can also lead one's creativity and acumen to lock up for lengthy periods.
Each year on January 1st, I honestly examine my personal fears and attempt to tackle one or more throughout the upcoming year. Since we're halfway through 2007, I'd like to introduce a new concept for me - My Biggest Writing Fear.
Last night, I thought long and hard about what I fear the most from a freelance writer's point of view. Was it the fear of success? The fear of failure? The fear of rejection? "No" to all.
What I fear the most is burnout.
If you've ever overextended yourself in any aspect of your life, you'll immediately understand what I mean. The exhaustion. The depression. The lack of motivation. The oversleeping. The underperforming. It's a real bitch-and-a-half.
Of course, now that I've named my fear, I have to work through it so I can leave it behind me and pursue my future goals.
But first, I have an assignment to finish by close of business today... then another... then another...
(Did I mention that overcoming your fears is a hell of a lot more difficult than it sounds?)
So this leads me to a question for any visitors to this blog... what is your biggest fear as a writer?
Speak up... no need to be... afraid. : )