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  • Roger Colby

5 Fears Writers Must Overcome

Killing Fear

Over the years I have become more and more determined in my quest for greater distribution of my work, and along that journey I have had to not just overcome but put to rest many fears that I had about being an independent novelist.  I have three novels under my belt at present, and am cooking up a fourth, with a nationally published short story (“Rust”) and an article in Short Story Writer as well.

I didn’t get here by cowering in a literary corner.

Below is a list of several things that have plagued me over the years, and how I managed to put them to rest:

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  1. I’ll Probably Only Sell To My Family and Friends – If your only aspiration for writing a novel is to be a best seller, then you might as well go spend your money more wisely and buy a lottery ticket.  The chances of becoming a best selling author are pretty slim and just as likely.  Kristen Lamb wrote a very good breakdown of what it takes over on her blog.  The point here is not to get bogged down in the idea of

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Above all, don’t stop writing.  Keep at it.  When you can’t write a novel, then write a short story or some poetry or something.  Don’t approach this writing thing as a novice, but learn the trade, take some classes, listen to critics, and if you aren’t happy doing this, then by all means do something else.

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