Monday, October 31, 2011

Facing our Fears

So tomorrow, it the official start day for Nano (or tonight at midnight rather). It's my first time and I'm a little freaked out but I'm keeping it together. (If you're doing it, look me up - Scribbling Scarlet) I've got lots of great cheerleaders. But all this first time Nano business has got me thinking about people who don't give things a try because they're afraid.

Now, I'll admit, there are great opportunities I probably passed up because I was afraid. Afraid I wouldn't succeed. Afraid I'd make a fool of myself. But it usually always comes down to afraid of failure. I do know one thing though, we definitely won't succeed if we don't try. 

So I'm psyching myself up. Why can't I complete Nano? Thousands of other people have that probably started with the same outlook. So I say, "Lets do this!" Am I still afraid? Sure, but I'm willing it take it on and give it my best shot. Is it possible I won't complete? Yes, there's always a possibility but if I don't I still will have walked away learning valuable lessons and tips for next year. I think Eleanor Roosevelt said it best when she said...
So for those of you doing Nano for the first time or anything you're afraid of for that matter, writing your first book, entering your work in a contest, giving a critique partner your work for the first time ( I am not looking forward to that-but I'm going to do it!) Go for it. Do it. Do it afraid. Regardless of the outcome you will be better for it and you definitely won't succeed if you don't give it a shot.

So good luck!!!

And if you need some music to help get you psyched, this is a good one.


  1. Great post, Tracy! I can relate to a lot so what you've said but I've pushed most of my fears aside. Now I just embrace them and say 'bring it on'. NaNo is going to be a lot of fun.

  2. NaNo IS going to be a lot of fun!
    Can't wait to do it, most of all because of my gals (I'm talking about two!!)
    Well, let's not get Opraish again LOL and let the fun begin!

  3. I'm glad you are facing your fears. I think NaNo should be fun. Let's roll up our sleeves and go.

  4. I have no doubt that there will definitely be Oprah love in the future. Don't knock it just yet.

  5. LOL, lets keep the Oprahisms to a minimum, there's time for all that sappy stuff later. Now it's on like Donkey Kong! :o)