Fear and proofreading

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” — Joseph Campbell

My ABNORMALLY ABBEY manuscript has been through several rounds with my editor and was sent to proofreading. This is the last step before layout and design. For some reason, I was nervous about getting the marked up manuscript back. What if it was filled with (the digital equivalent of) red marks? Would that be a reflection on my writing? Would it mean I wasn’t much of a writer?

Fear does funny things to us. For many of us, fear is an inner voice and barrier that keeps us from putting ourselves out there.

Is it fear of failure or is it actually fear of success?

“Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

I believe that fear and the lack of ability to love yourself are often tied together. When we’re worried what other people think of us, we are hesitant to put our foot forward. We will be exposed.

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” — Jack Canfield

How do we get to the other side of fear? Take a few moments away from the rush of your day and write down five things you love about yourself. What sets you apart? What are your strengths? These five things are your strengths and are what you offer the world. Don’t hide them away. Let them shine in the darkness.

If you get rejected by someone, that’s fine. It’s not you, it’s them. How many authors get rejected before finding the path to publication? James Patterson’s 1976 debut novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, was initially rejected by 31 publishers. It remains among his most acclaimed novels and was a winner of the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” — Plato

Does your fear limit you? Remember, this is your life and you can take control of it. Just be the absolute best version of you and let your worries about what others may think of you fade away. You’ll be happier.

Was my worry about the proofreading warranted? No. It turned out there was only one markup in the entire manuscript and I didn’t agree with it.

“Fear has a large shadow, but he himself is small.” — Ruth Gendler

So, go ahead and shine. It’s okay.

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