In an exchange with a writer friend the other day, we questioned why someone who lacks self-confidence would choose to enter an industry typically NOT conducive to building self-esteem. Publishing is the industry in question. As she pointed out published writers are asking to be judged. We set ourselves up to be rejected. So why do we risk that?
Is it because we want to become rich and famous? I think not. Most of us are savvy enough to know that’s a needle-in-the-bookstack wish. Is it because we believe our work will save the world? If you write fiction, probably not. Maybe we just want to prove we can do it—to friend or foe or even ourselves.
But I think most of us who share our writing publicly are seeking acceptance. We hope to reach others who appreciate our efforts to tell a story. We hope to communicate. We risk rejection to find acceptance. There’s no other way to do it. You can’t succeed without risking failure.
So, though many of us may not seem to be, we’re braver than you think.