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When You Don’t Start Because You’re Afraid to Fail

I have a growing list of story ideas. I have no problems whatsoever with ideas. But they’re just sitting around collecting dust because increasingly, I find myself afraid to even start a project.

I also have a growing list of unfinished projects.

Unfinished work is due to a fear of not being good enough.

Failure to start is due to a fear of being afraid to fail. Failure by not even beginning is better than failure by hordes of readers mocking your work, or worse–not even reading it, because it’s not worth their time.

These are the insecurities anxieties I deal with every day.

It’s not just writing, either, these insecurities affect the rest of my life. It’s just that writing is what we’re focused on here.

Anyone else feel this way?

–S. Lynn



I'm Pagan, a gamer, a reader, a writer, a dreamer, and a scientist. As a Pagan, I am building my personal practice, and hopefully finding and walking the path that will lead to a more fulfilling life. I credit my gods with putting me on the way to changing my life, though as with all things, only I actually have the power to change it. I am a scientist because as of August 2014, I am a student once again, in psychology. I'll be graduating in May of 2016, with plans to continue with a Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. As a reader, I mostly read fantasy, though the occasional mystery, science fiction, or horror novel slips in there. I'm into books that have themes, and make you think. As a writer, I can say the same. As a gamer, I'm into games with story, plot, and action. I still like themes, and I like to think, and I love to put together the threads of a story. I also love Disney. A lot. I'll try not to talk about it too much. Sometimes, I do the art thing.

4 thoughts on “When You Don’t Start Because You’re Afraid to Fail

      1. I do the same. It’s one of the reasons I’m putting something on Wattpad. It’s unfinished–I’m hoping if I get any actual readers that having readers and interaction will help me finish.

        Then there’s the obsessive refreshing to check and see if anyone’s actually *read* it… no comments, no likes… and part of me just wants to give up and not post any more. But I’ve decided I am definitely going to finish posting what I have, at the very least.


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