Okay...maybe that last one is just me. (Sadly, that happened last week. My fear of spiders is pretty much a paralyzing phobia).
But sometimes fear can be a good thing.
After all, fear of being a splat on the pavement probably motivates you to look both ways before crossing the street. And my fear of public ridicule keeps me from singing around anyone with ears--a fact you should all be thanking me for profusely. And when it comes to writing, well...I have a theory.
For me, the more afraid I am to write the story, the more I know I'm onto something.
Case in point: my current MS. I have never been so terrified of an idea in my life. I refused to even consider writing it at first. Then I stalled for more than a year, claiming I 'wasn't ready,' and 'needed more time to research.'
Why was I so scared?
Well, it pretty much embodied everything I didn't do. It's a very plot driven story, and everything I'd written before that was much more simple and character driven. As if that weren't scary enough, the plot was a mystery. I rarely even read mysteries, much less wrote them. There were a ton of characters, a ton of clues and twists. Oh, and I had to create my own world--something I never wanted to do and honestly hope I never have to do again.
So yeah, I pretty much begged the characters to go away and leave me alone so I could work on the nice, simple idea I had in progress. But the more I fought it, the more I knew I HAD to write it--and here's why:
Personally, I believe that your best writing comes when you push yourself to stray outside of your comfort zone and branch into uncharted territory. Playing it safe only leads to mediocrity. In fact, my blood, sweat and tears should be all over every page I write. So when I'm afraid of something, it's a good sign. It was with my current MS. That's the draft that landed me an agent, and will hopefully someday be published. And the fear was how I knew.
But what do you guys think? Do you ever fear the ideas you come up with? And how do you know when an idea is THE ONE to pursue?