I have fears. Fear of dying alone. Fear of drowning. Fear of freezing to death. And fear of big, hairy spiders. I don’t even like to look at pictures of big hairy spiders (hence the picture of the web instead of a big hairy spider).
I saw a tarantula while on a bike ride in New Mexico. I was tooling along, care-free, and there was this huge, black, hairy spider just chillin’ in the bike lane. I veered into traffic.
Writers have a lot of fears – fear of rejection, fear of acceptance, fear of ridicule, fear of bad reviews. We all know fear of anything can be debilitating.
Atelophobia – Fear of imperfection. It’s never perfect. I’ve read books by the greats, published by the Big Guys in NYC, and I still find mistakes. Write a
good story, edit and proofread, and send it off.
Coulrophobia – Fear of clowns. I never liked clowns. Once I read “It” by Stephen King this phobia became worse. Now I don’t even like to take my grandkids to the circus.
Cyberphobia – Fear of computers. Oh man, if you are writing in the 21st century, you really need to get over this one.
Arachnophobia – Fear of spiders. Again, I do not like big, hairy spiders.
Papyrophobia – Fear of paper. If you are an e-book publishing person, you might eventually print to paper. So get over this.
Venustraphobia – Fear of beautiful women. I had to add this one. If you are a venustraphobe, then you should get off this blog, and you should stop following my gal pals – because they are all beautiful. And there are millions of beautiful women in writing and publishing.
Necrophobia – Fear of death or dead things. When you finally publish your book on some e-pubbing site and it just lays there, dead – no comments, no reviews, nada. This is frightening.
Genuphobia – Fear of knees. Seriously? There is a word for this?
Catagelophobia – Fear of being ridiculed. No matter how well you write, how well you edit, how well you present your novel, some num-nuts is going to ridicule you. Just write it, edit it, and put it out there.
Hypochonria – Fear of illness. This comes directly after you read your first bad review. The Ill Thing would be you.
Autophobia – Fear of being alone. Imagine thinking you nailed a kick-butt article on your blog and nobody comments. You say, “Hello?” and there is an echo. Thankfully, this hasn’t happened much lately.
“He who fears something gives it power over him.” ~Moorish Proverb
What’s your fear? About writing, life, spiders, publishing … ?