I've gone visiting today, to the blog of Jody Casella. Jody interviewed me about trunk novels, networking and time (mis)management, so please click if you're interested.
In the meantime, Alison Formento is stopping by here, with the latest guest post in my series about writers confronting fear!
Waves of fear…
by Alison Formento
visited the ocean for the first time when I was twelve. It's a cliché,
but terror gripped my insides the moment I stuck a toe into the waves
off the coast of Cape Canaveral. The queasy fear churning in my gut
might have been the greasy French fries we'd eaten on the car ride to
the beach that day—or maybe because my dad kept humming the "da-dump,
da-dump" theme music from Jaws.
I stepped deeper into the
Atlantic Ocean that day, shivering as saltwater splashed against my
knees. A gull swooped by, skimming across the top of the waves like the
rocks I like to skip across a lake back in Arkansas.
Something clicked in me, and I let go of the fear.
click, or release, is a feeling I still carry with me, especially when
I'm drafting a new story and I'm afraid I'll never finish it—or I fear
the draft won't be good enough to share, even with trusted writing
friends. I may delete chapters or whole scenes. I try writing from a new
perspective. I take hikes or walk along a beach. I think and talk to
myself. I read. I read more.
Then—click. The fear fades.
face the draft again and write new words, new sentences. The story
moves like ocean waves. It may even soar. Fearless and free.
ALISON FORMENTO is the author of award-winning picture books This Tree Counts!,This Tree, 1, 2, 3, These Bees Count!, These Seas Count!, and the upcoming young adult novel Twigs.