You can be forgiven for thinking that writing a book is all about the craft: how to write compelling characters, or how to structure a mystery novel, what to leave out when writing your memoir, or how to handle backstory, or how to curate a collection of stories or poems so it hangs together well as a whole.
Of course, these are elements of writing a book. But truth be told, they are not what gets in the way of most writers.
For a lot of writers, the story of writing a book goes like this…
Then...start to worry.
Fear of failure personified: your very own sad Frankenstein. (Photo by Ashkan Forouza)
Because facing failure is such an important issue for writers, I wanted to share some thoughts on the topic here on the blog for you.
Take a deep breath...and let’s dive in!