butterflies in my belly
Posted by Cat-Gerlach
I’ve published several books and been accepted for many anthologies by other publishers, but I’m still extremely nervous. Today, I submitted a short story (although short is relative, it’s nearly 17K words long) to one of the biggest ongoing writing competitions in the US, and I feel like hiding in a very small space.
Isn’t it weird that I still feel like this despite the many times I’ve published/been published? Every time I put my writing out there, I begin to worry. Will people like it? Will there be readers? Is the story good enough? What if I overlooked anything, missed anything? When I began this journey, I thought the nervousness would get less the more books I have “out there”. But that’s not been the case. Every book worries me again (although I hardly ever tell anyone).
What about you? What worries you? Are you comfortable being in the spotlight?