Read “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert. A neighborhood friend gave this to me. She’s an amazing friend of my mom’s, and she’s just started working on publishing a memoir of her life. She recommended this book to me and it’s incredibly powerful. Now I don’t care if you’re just now discovering what it means to be a writer, or if you’re a long time published author you MUST read this! Heck, even if you don’t even consider yourself a writer and have never even written anything in your life I’d still recommend this book to you. And here's why: It's written from her own perspective, draws on her own issues and insecurities, but they are ones we all have. And through her eyes and her brilliant mind, she helps whoever reads this book how to overcome those fears too. Especially in the world of writing.
Being a writer is probably one of the scariest things (at least for me) because once we hit that big "publish" button our work is out there like a YouTube video waiting to go viral either because it's so great, or because it's a giant flop. However, like in Part I Courage section SCARY, SCARY, SCARY, she talks about all these fears and how they're useless to dwell on because otherwise, we are never going to get anywhere.
I can personally attest to this as it's one reason that 7 years later, and I'm still working on the same stupid book. However if I hadn't read Gilbert's book then my own book would probably still be collecting dust on my shelf. Instead I'm actively meeting with an editor, working with my current writing professor, and asking the help of my own peers in order to avoid my book's doomed fate to never even see the light of day.
Needless to say we all have fears we have to overcome, so please read this no matter what your circumstance as I'm sure it will help.