Happy IWSG Wednesday!!
For those of you who don't know- IWSG stands for Insecure Writer's Support Group. http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/p/the-insecure-writers-support-group.html
Once a month, writers from all over shout their fears into the cyber void and hope for a little hand holding or at least a cup of tea in support.
Today I'm talking about one that I don't really have and don't really understand: fear of success. Now my educational background is psychology, so I understand it, it just isn't one of my many afflictions ;).
Fear of success often refers to a state of anxiety that can overwhelm a person just on the cusp of realizing their dreams. They may appear to self-sabotage (or actually do it). This can happen for a number of reasons including being found out to be a fraud, fear of loss of privacy, fear of the "other shoe dropping" (and bad things happening).
I think for me, my fear of failure is so overwhelming that the fear of success gets squished. I will admit, the other shoe issue does pop up in my head when things go right sometimes.And I can see a loss of control if the success is defined as having a writing contract with a traditional publisher. The author really losses control over what they write once they have a contract. Plus, no control over when the book comes out, the title, or the cover.
But I don't know if that fear of loss of control is really a real fear for me and not sure if that counts as fear of success.
So which are you- fear of success or fear of failure or a combo of the two? How does it impact your writing?
Have a great IWSG Day and thanks for coming by!