Odds are that one day you’ll start working on a story for longer than usual. Odds are that you’ll try to make it perfect, even when it’s clear that you’re just afraid to let it go. You’ll fear rejection and bad reviews. You’ll think you’re not good enough to write the story the way it deserves to be written. You haven’t lived long enough and stuff like that.
Maybe you do so because you feel this story’s the “one.” This is the story where you actually say something no one else can, where you leave behind more of you than you’ve done before. It’s the story that defines who you are more than anything else ever written.
It’s your baby, and you want to take care of it and it’s terrifying to see it grow, because you know that one day it’s going to leave home and meet new people and someone undoubtedly is going to hate it. And, so, you postpone that day for as long as you can.
Somehow, you feel you’re not a writer because you make stuff up, but you’re writer because of this particular story.
And it’s scary, because you feel it means more to you than it could ever mean to a stranger. No one’s ever going to love it like you do, and, yes, you might be true, but that doesn’t mean it’s not going to be loved at all.
I fell into this trap. More than once. I was staring at manuscripts, being afraid to take any action. Being afraid to format the e-book and the paperback. Of course, I didn’t even want to think about uploading it on KDP or Smashwords.
Somehow, I felt I could make it better if I waited. For what, I don’t know. Just wait, because something was going to happen. Something magical, and then the novel was going to be perfect, and I was going to make everyone happy.
But the truth is that you just have to write. Get it over with. Let it go. Good or bad, it doesn’t really matter. Let the readers decide. After all, once you release that story into the world, it’s no longer yours. It’s theirs – to read, to love, to loathe. And they won’t care if this is the story you’ve loved to write more than anything else. All they’ll care about is whether or not the story was worth their time.
Because, if you did everything right, writing the damn thing sure was worth YOUR time.
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