I'll take the risk of trying and failing, but I refuse to risk never knowing what could have been because I was too afraid to try.
This is my latest mantra. I've clung to it ever since participating in a webinar on writing and maintaining a successful blog. Instead of feeling empowered to follow the steps outlined in the webinar, I channeled my energy into visions of throwing my laptop across the library and expressing my frustrations to the company that provides my website hosting. I became overwhelmed by uncertainty about how to market my book. I'm a writer. I enjoy the process of creating and sharing what I've written. I feel accomplished when readers enjoy my work. But as a self-published author, I'm an APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur. As an author, I write. As the publisher, I hired a designer to create my book cover and an editor to edit my manuscript. As an entrepreneur, I design and manage my website and social media pages, schedule events, take and fulfill book orders and am fully responsible for the marketing of my book. Not too long ago, the thought of managing these drastically different roles sickened me. On the verge of quitting, I decided to change my perspective and was reminded of why I started writing in the first place - because I love it. Rather than complaining about having to do things I labeled myself as "not cut out for," I decided to pursue the passion, hoping the rest would fall into place.