Since it's Halloween week and all, I've been thinking about the topic of fear. When I wear my suspense writer hat, I spend a lot of time considering what makes people break out in goosebumps. Turns out, there are some common fears that many of us share. According to a Gallup poll, the top three fears are: snakes, public speaking and heights. I don't personally have those fears (I'm scared of the dark, chickens, deep water and other nonsensical things) but as a writer, I've got a few that give me shivers. Here are my top three writing fears.
1. My book finally hits the shelves, my magnum opus! The jewel of my writing career and...gasp! Choke! My name is misspelled on the cover. A minor point, you say? Picture it....Love and Larceny by Dana MENSTINK! Arrgh!
2. And what could be worse than an, um, unfortunate typo. I put together my well crafted sentence about the rugged hero and his pickup only instead of "truck" I substitute another letter for the "tr." Makes my stomach clench just imagining it!
3. How about this scenario? I've been given the green light to submit a proposal to a big publishing house. I'm so thrilled that I stay up for 72 hours straight perfecting each and every word. Deadline approaching, I quickly attach the file and hit the send button and later this big New York editor replies. My pulse races until I realize she's inquiring why I sent her my daughter's second grade essay on whales instead of my sizzling romance. Now THAT'S scary!
So what are you afraid of? Would love to hear what makes your heart go pitty patty?.