Please welcome Bonnie Staring to our Firebirds blog. Bonnie is excited (and terrified) to be a 2013 Golden Heart® finalist in the Young Adult category with her manuscript, CAMP AWAKENING. When not writing young adult fiction, she works as a freelance copywriter, uses a lot of coupons and has appeared on a few game shows. (Don’t get too excited—they were Canadian game shows, so she’s still using those coupons.) Bonnie lives in Toronto, Ontario with her loving husband, the kitten of mass destruction and five houseplants.
Bonnie would like to thank the contest judges, critique partners and literary agents who told her that the main character in her first submission-worthy romance novel sounded like a teenager. Seriously. They were totally right.
Find her on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/bonniestaring
Twitter – @Bonnie Staring
Thank you so much for having me here! Now, before I chicken out, there is something I must share with you:Fear can be your friend.I hear you snickering. When someone first said that to me, I thought they’d been sipping crazy sauce. Luckily, that person was nice enough to explain that sometimes fear is our go-to emotion when we’re about to step out of our comfort zone.As writers, we love to add descriptive labels to our fears. Some claim a fear of success, a fear of failure or the dreaded fear of being discovered as an imposter.No matter what we call it, fear pops up like a weasel or a burnt piece of toast when we least expect it. Let me share some fears that I’ve experienced (and maybe you have too):
The easiest way to avoid rejection is to not enter a contest, send a query or actually reply to a request with your partial or full. But if you don’t embrace the energy that fear is giving you to get over it, you could end up experiencing something like:
The fear of wasting your time
The fear that the validation you’ve received is a mistake
Yeah, I experienced that when my name didn’t appear on the GH finalist list until an hour after getting the call. Thankfully, my excitement over being a finalist completely outweighed that fear, and I continued to dance around the house doing the odd jumpy-clap when I wasn’t on the stairs.
The fear that your words suck
Thanks to RWA, I’ve met tons of talented authors who tell me that this fear never, ever leaves. It’s the smart writer who develops a game plan for dealing with those times of suckage.
For me, I use music (anything from the ‘80s) to take me to a happier writing place. And when the going gets tough, Nora’s quote “You can’t revise a blank page” is my inspiration. The words may start out as crap, but even oatmeal cookies look like barf before you bake ‘em.
So what fear do you experience most as a writer, and how do you defeat it?
Speaking of fears, I’m afraid that I’ll be away from a computer until after lunch today, but I promise to drop by and check out all the fear action as soon as I can!
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