As a writer I’m plagued with so many fears you’d think I’d invented phobias. Fear of rejection is high on the list, but I had to conquer that when I started sending my work out.
Fear of people not liking my work was a constant companion, but a huge f*%k it, and I was cured of that. I can’t control what people like any more than I can control my love of chocolate.
The one fear I haven’t gotten over yet is one that I find useful. Fear of plagiarism. Not people plagiarizing me, but me doing it to others. Not intentionally of course, but the risk is there. The worst part is that I’ve read thousands of books in my lifetime, how do I know I haven’t already plagiarized someone’s work?
But then I remember that there is nothing new under the sun (from the Bible). Everything is a mix of something that has come before. Fresh ideas are a merger of the new and old. So other people’s writings should inspire me.
To be honest I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of this fear, only because it benefits me. Almost grounds me into being as unique as I can be rather than trying to copy someone else’s style. It helps me to stay true to Nana, and that’s a good thing.
What about you? Do you have a writing fear?