How’s your week been so far? Mine’s been pretty good (I know it’s only Wednesday).
Anyway, let’s get to it for today.
I’d like to talk about something that’s a little embarrassing for me actually, because of what I’ve been up to the past couple months/years. It has more to do with life itself than fiction or writing copy, but you can apply it to different genres of fiction or different types of copy projects (like VSLs, sales letters, emails, what-have-ya).
And this boils down to:
Fear of trying something new.
This actually comes in two parts for me–what I like to call “starting” and “during” (just what they sound like).
Time to hit the example train. A day or so ago, I came across a listing for a company who wants a writer. Hey I’m a writer, so that’s cool. They’re a publishing company and so they do the book thing, which is something I’m familiar with.
What I wasn’t familiar with was their process–they treat the thing almost like reporting/chronicling/sewing together.
And I didn’t think I could pull it off. Why? Well, I’d never done it before. For some people, that can stop them (and I don’t know yet what I’ll do about this company or what).
Now for “during.” As many of you know (and for those who don’t, you will in a second), I’ve started an Instagram account (FictionandCopyDecoded). And I’ve been having some fun with it (even though a couple people I’ve followed are people I know in real life). Eventually, I want to get the word out about my books and others’, if they’re the right fit for my audience (most of whom I think are other writers at this point).
Sometimes though, I wonder if I’ll make a mistake. Ever since I was pint-sized, I’ve been dealing with that fear–of not being perfect, of not having everyone think you’re awesome all the time.
And it’s torture, trash, and needs to be tossed off the train of my life.
(Which is something I bolded so that I can read it over and over). Being perfect all the time can never happen. I’m not entirely sure, but sometimes when people say they don’t expect it, and then they judge you if/when you’re not, they could be lying to themselves about their expectations and passing them on to you.
If I make a mistake with my Instagram audience, is it the end of the world? No. Mistakes about what? I think the first two memes I posted got clipped at the edges because I made them on a desktop first. I’ll learn. I think it’s only a mistake if you tell people it is (as a girl who was a musician once told me), or if you keep making the same ones over and over (sometimes I do that).
There are some people who are good at things right away. I don’t think I’m one of those people (even though I keep trying to get to that point–it depends on what it is).
What’s my point? Is it not to be afraid of the unknown? Yeah. To try new things? Yep. It’s more than that, though. You (and I) have to be easy on ourselves when we’re starting out. I think doing anything else leads ultimately to frustration and giving up (which I’ve come face to face with many a time, I’m not going to dupe you).
So keep doing whatever it is. If you need training though, or think you might, go ahead and get it. Otherwise, go easy as you learn and grow in your craft.
It’s more fun that way, too, I think.
Until next time,