Well written advise: now go back to your novel 😉

Geri Schear

Kakorrhaphiophobia. It’s a great word, isn’t it? No, it’s not the title of a song by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich. It’s a condition that we all suffer to some degree. If you write, you probably live with it every day.

Kakorrhaphiophobia is fear of failure, albeit it to an extreme degree.

But what does failure mean for a writer? Is it not getting published? Not making the bestsellers’ lists? Not being as famous as JK Rowling?

None of the above. In fact, failing as a writer has little or nothing to do with fame or money or publishing. Thank goodness. Failing as a writer — drumroll, please — means not writing. Or not writing to your full potential.

The true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and no other task is of any consequence. — Cyril Connolly

That’s a bit of a yikes quote, isn’t it?…

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