In honor of Stacey Kade’s Sharks and Boys contest, I decided to talk a little bit about fear.
I think I’ve expressed (many times) that I have this fear of aliens. I actually watched this episode of Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files in which this couple had a video of a small little alien looking into their bedroom. So, since I couldn’t get the little alien out of my head, I was up one night giving my daughter a middle of the night bottle and I kept staring at her open doorway, watching the shadow of the rocking chair move across from me and kept thinking that a little alien man was going to walk by her door. Eventually I stopped looking at the door and just focused on looking at my daughter instead.
Okay, yes, my fear is crazy (especially since I write about aliens and have this weird fascination with them), but it started to make me think of the fear that we all have as writers and just as human beings in general.
How many of you get freaked out when you press the send button on a query? What’s really the worst that could happen? A rejection? Somehow we still have this ultimate fear that by sending off that query something really bad is going to happen and we build up this irrational fear in our heads. Like me with the little alien man. What’s the worst that could happen? There actually is an alien walking around my house? Well good, then I could use him for research, or if he’s really that small I could just bop him on the head with my daughter’s puppy lamp and try to sell his body on Ebay for diaper money. (Kidding…sort of).
Yeah…this is kind of a short post. I had more to write, but I just can’t think of it right now and really should go back to work.
What do you fear with writing? Is it un rational? Do you really think the little alien man was faked on the show?