What’s My Dream? It’s to get my writing career underway and tell fascinating tales of fiction, all the while slaying the dragons of grammar and mastering the mechanics of composition. My trail of fears will be starting today. Today I have entered six writing contests and now have my first deadlines to meet.
Over the next few months I will be fighting a series of battles – against the page, against my own self-doubt, against rebellious characters and against my own fears. There are two types of fear, good fear and bad fear. I have come to know both in my lifetime, due in no small part because of my experience as a Gulf War Combat Vet. Good fear is the fear that makes us work harder, drives us and makes us dig deeper. It is the kind that at the end of the day makes me more than what I was at the beginning. Bad fear is the fear that makes us stay in bed and hide from the world. Bad fear doesn’t make us bad people, it makes us weak people.
I have a few fears I will be confronting on the battle ground of my subconscious and they are scary. They will be haunting my days and nights and attempting to drive me nuts. Ultimately no matter how hard I try to disarm them I will wonder was my idea good enough? Does my story make sense? Did my characters come to life for the readers?
I will be submitting works in November and December for consideration to Writer’s Digest and in November, January and February with Glimmer Train. As you can imagine, I have my work cut out for me. This is going to be a very busy end of year for me as I work to create worthy mentions for submission.
My blog will still be receiving the same bi-weekly updates and I appreciate any and all support you, my readers and fellow writers, provide.