(Back of the Queue
Is there something you’ve always wanted to do, but never got around to starting (an activity, a hobby, or anything else, really)? Tell us about it — and tell us about what’s keeping you from doing it.)
You’re asking for just ONE thing? Please. I have a list longer than your arm of all the things I just didn’t get around to yet. The biggest one yet, though is my book. A few years back, I even thought if I actually told people I was working on a book, it would motivate me to actually get to work. It did, for a little while. I have a whole chapter written. That’s not a book, it’s a pamphlet.
But you wanted to know what’s keeping from doing it. That’s easy. Fear.
“Fear of what?” you ask.
Another easy one. Rejection. I go to all that work and not one single soul in the whole wide world will care. So I put it off. I’m even using my writing blog here on WP as a way to keep from really writing. How dumb is that? Anyway, here’s my list of what keeps me from moving ahead:
1. Fear of rejection
2. Fear of failure
3. Fear of criticism
4. I’m too old
5. I’m too old-fashioned
6. I’m a better editor than I am a writer. I preferred teaching grammar to teaching literature when I was an English teacher.
7. It’s already been done.
8. Fear of rewrites and edits. I don’t want to remake my creation.
9. Even if its ever published, no one will buy it. All printed books will go to that big failed book storage vault in the sky.
10. I will disappoint my family and friends if I do ever write it and no one will publish it. I will disappoint them if I don’t ever write it.