My guest today is mentor and agent, Diana Flegal, of Hartline Literary Agency. This is what she has to say about writing and the fear factor.
The Fear of Writing by Diana Flegal
At any point in your writing journey have you suffered from a fear of failure? If so you are in good company.
Mind Tools blog mentions it’s easy to find successful people who have experienced failure. For example:
- Michael Jordan is widely considered to be one of the greatest basketball players of all time. And yet, he was cut from his high school basketball team because his coach didn’t think he had enough skill.
- Warren Buffet, one of the world’s richest and most successful businessmen, was rejected by Harvard University.
We all know many successful authors have been rejected an outstanding number of times before getting traditionally published.
Can fear and failure work FOR us as writers?
Author Michael Clarkson says in his book Intelligent Fear: Fear can cause us to perform poorly in pressure situations or lead us to worry until we’re immobilized, panic-stricken, or just plain helpless. But, if handled correctly, fear can actually work for us, giving us strength and courage when we need it the most.
Derek Sanderson- former NHL Hokey player agrees: “Fear is intelligence. Fear is God’s way of making you tentative about something that will harm you. Fear keeps us civilized. Fear keeps us safe and alert. Don’t deny fear. It’s what makes us function properly.”
To use fear to our advantage Marie Forleo teaches: Don’t try to get over your fear, you need to get into your fear. Fear is excitement with the breaks on. Use that excitement to propel you forward.
Dealer Marketing Magazine tells us: When you’re afraid, you have three choices:
- Ignore your fears and hope they go away.
- Face your fears and stand up to them.
- Use fear to your advantage. Embrace your fears.
When we use fear to our advantage, we no longer give him any say or any control. You have transferred its power to you.
Action conquers fear. Peter Nivio Zarlenga
Nike presents: Just Do it! We’re all capable of a little more — a little faster, a little higher, a little stronger, a little more. And when we look at all of the little things we’ve done, we’ll see the big things we’re doing.
Diana Flegal/Hartline Literary Agent