Leo's Angel Oak Tree

Thursday, April 28, 2011


Are you a xenophobic writer?  I think I am.

Xenophobic is the fear of the unknown.  Sometimes the fear what others will think of my writing is stifling.  And it's kind of unfounded.  Anyone who has read my writing has always encouraged me to keep going.  And when they have offered criticism, it's always been because they want me to improve. 

Once, an editor I had a consultation and critique with told me I was a very promising writer.  She showered me with compliments, and even when she declined my manuscript a few weeks later, she told me she wanted to see more from me.  Which I have to say inspired me and kept me writing.  Then, why do I let the fear in?

I think its because I am my own worst critic.  I see the flaws. This is something I strive to work on.

Are you a xenophobic writer?


  1. Fear can be crippling. It is so easy to see the flaws...

  2. I think so many of us writers are afraid of succeeding..because then it means we've made it. The life of the daydream would be gone, the thrill of the being discovered wouldn't be there anymore....I don't know if it's fear or not but it's a condition we all have. We'll always be our own worst enemies!