I recently read a wonderful blog post by the lovely and brilliant Kristen Lamb. I love her posts, and subscribe to her feed via email (and I highly recommend you do the same!).
The particular post I'm speaking of today is here.
In that post, she tells a personal story about fear, but then talks about fear as a writer. About how when something about a story or an idea scares you--in that I'm-not-sure-I-can-actually-pull-this-off kind of way--you should do it.
I'm feeling that fear with my current WIP. I'm revising it, and trying to figure out the best way to tell this story. It's scaring the crap out of me, because I'm not sure what that way is. And I'm not sure I can pull it off.
Sadly, I don't have any advice about how to conquer this fear. LOL. I think, as Kristen says in her post: "Sometimes our only way out is through." I think I'm going to just have to do it. Try different things until I find the right way.
Dan Yaccarino was a speaker at the SCBWI Florida Regional Conference I attended a couple of weeks ago. His talk was about saying yes. He told us about how numerous times in his career, he'd been asked to do something he didn't know how to do and wasn't sure he COULD do, but he said YES anyway. And he found a way to do it.
So that's me today. I'm going to keep going and find a way to make it work.
When have you stretched yourself (in writing, or anything else)? Tell me in the comments!