What is my Greatest Fear: What if Nobody likes Me?
I'm a writer and like most other authors, my fear is what if no one likes me and doesn't buy my work. It can be very disheartening. Yet, it is something a lot of creative types face whether we are artists, crafters, musicians, and writers.
I'd already held myself back from trying for a long time because I didn't think I could write as well as my favorite author, Dick Francis. I gobbled his work like candy. He crafted amazing mysteries around the horse racing business set in England. I'd never had any formal training. I'd read a lot and written poetry.
But my friend knew I could do this, and she gave me the push to try.
Should we let fear paralyze us so much we don't pursue what gives us joy?
No. Once I entered a contest and got back a judge's scoring sheet and written on it was the comment: Why are you writing? I burst into tears. My writer person within me was so fragile when I first began. I knew I wasn't great, but to get that comment was just so mean. I actually didn't work on my project for two days. Then I looked at the computer and asked myself, "Am I letting someone else define me?"
The answer: Yes.
Which was so wrong. We have to have conviction and belief in ourselves. Persistence. And just maybe prove that judge wrong.
Determination filled my soul. I put my head to the grindstone and got to work. Nothing anyone said would stop me, and if I got criticism? I could work with that.
A while later, the book took third in a contest, and not long ago, I got an offer to publish it.
Maybe I won't be a NYT or USA bestseller. But I'm betting there will be lots of people who will like me and my work.
Blurb for Bug Stuff…and Other Stories: From sassy writer girl, Vicki Batman, comes three romantic comedies: "Just Desserts": a political dinner gone disastrous brings together a reluctant attendee and her seat-mate. "Bug Stuff": An accountant unites with his co-worker to fight a pesky adversary. "With This Ring": When a wife forgets her little black dress, it all turns into something utterly romantic and unforgettable in the end.
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Like some of her characters, award-winning author, Vicki Batman has worked a wide variety of jobs including lifeguard, ride attendant at an amusement park; a hardware store, department store, book store, antique store clerk; administrative assistant in an international real estate firm; and a general “do anything gal” at a financial services firm--the list is endless.
Writing for several years, she has completed three manuscripts, written essays, and sold many short stories to TRUE LOVE, TRUE ROMANCE, TRUE CONFESSIONS, NOBLE ROMANCE PUBLISHING, LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS, MUSEITUP PUBLISHING, and THE WILD ROSE PRESS. She is a member of RWA and several writing groups and chapters. In 2004, she joined DARA and has served in many capacities, including 2009 President. DARA awarded her the Robin Teer Memorial Service Award in 2010.
Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking "What if??"
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Plotting Princesses: http://plottingprincesses.blogspot.com