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- I am afraid of failure.
- I am afraid of success.
The world has tricked us into believing that if something isn't perfect, it isn't worthwhile. One memory that sticks out from my youth is taking a math test on which I'd scored 97 to my father, who was a chemical engineer. I had worked hard and thought that was a good grade. His response upon seeing the paper was, "What happened to the other three points?" Ouch!
Once we achieve some success, what then? Can we repeat it, or do we need to head in a different direction? "One-trick pony" is not a name to which most people aspire. There is so much emphasis put on getting that manuscript published, but not so much on what happens next.
I had someone tell me once that I tended to "catastrophize" things, or to think in terms of extreme examples. Maybe I just need to step back from the edge and revel in the process.