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?