What could be worse that falling on your ass in front of millions of people? How about falling on your ass while naked and then landing on a jagged rock in front of millions of people? Hello! Thank you Naked and Afraid. Aren’t the people on that show scared to death? I realize that my fears (of rejection from agents, publishers, family members) as an unpublished author seem small when compared to the millions of unfortunate things that can (and do) happen to people on that show. Why, people? Why?
Humiliation sucks. Rejections are humiliating. And let’s face it. Life is like high school sometimes, whether we admit it or not we all want to be liked and accepted. Does that mean we’ll get what we want? Of course not! Not everyone will love you OR your novel. And that’s OK!
Did your dad let you skip school for PMS more than 3 times a month? Maybe. But you still had to show up every now and then and you did (finally) graduate and it was worth all the shitty years you had to do it because you earned it!
Keep writing. Your finished stories are something to be proud of. After all, the things we have to work the hardest for are the things which we are ultimately most proud of ourselves for accomplishing. Don’t let the fear of rejection/humiliation (falling) inhibit your dream.
You may fall on your ass and possibly hit a jagged rock but you won’t be naked with millions of people watching…wait, that didn’t come out right. You know what I’m saying. Rejection is part of the process. It’s not the end of the world. It could always be worse. Blah blah blah.
My point: don’t walk around naked near jagged surfaces in front of cameras. Duh! Don’t write in the nude and don’t let your fears keep you from your passions.