The truth is, I've been frightened. What if a publisher doesn't want it? What if I spend twelve to eighteen months of my life writing this book and nobody reads it? What if it isn't a success?
There's simply no certainty in writing a book.
Was Edmund Hillary certain he would reach the summit of Mount Everest when he took the first step in 1953?
Then I asked myself, what's the worst thing that can happen? A publisher might not buy it. My manuscript may never see the light of day. This isn't such a catastrophe in the big scheme of things. At least I'm certain I'll not get frost bite.
Nevertheless, it's nerve wracking starting out, putting the first word on the page. It's a leap of faith. But it's a leap I'm proud to say I've now taken.
How did I overcome my fear and begin writing?
There's a story in me that needs to be written. I really had no choice.
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