“The moment that you feel that you are walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind, showing too much of yourself, that’s the moment you may be starting to get it right. “- Neil Gaiman
This is by far one of my favorite quotes when I need inspiration. Neil said this during this commencement speech. Another one of my favorite quotes is this one, by Thomas Edison.
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
– Thomas Edison
Today’s blog isn’t any tips, or ideas, or tricks to help you, if you like myself, want to write for a living. It is just my thoughts on success as the time to release Mistaken creeps closer and closer. But writer or not, you may find this information useful, so listen up.
Anything worth doing should rightly scare the crap out of you. Falling in love, painting a masterpiece, running a marathon, many many other things that people are passionate about, and yes…putting out your very own book. None of these things are easy tasks and in doing all of them you have to have your heart in the game, you have to put your all into it.
In investing so much of yourself into those things, you risk as Neil said, exposing parts of you that you are scared to. And what’s worse that throughout all of this, all of that hard work, there is a voice in most of our heads that always has to ask that pesky question.
“What if this doesn’t work? What if I fail? What if nobody likes it?”
Personally, this voice only seems to get louder the closer I get to releasing Mistaken. At some point you have to shut it out. I know I have put a lot into writing that book, and in pushing it out there for everyone to see, I do feel like I am exposing part of myself, my heart, and my mind. I take that as a good sign. If I was so self-assured that it would succeed where would be the fun in that?
And if Mistaken flops over onto its face, what does that mean for me? Am I just giving up my goal of writing for a living? Not by a long shot, because in the process of writing Mistaken, editing Mistaken, revising Mistaken, and finally publishing it, I have learned so much more about writing, publishing, and even myself.
So don’t be scared to put your words, your art, or your dreams out there. If you truly put everything you’ve got into something, surely you can make it. And any failures or roadblocks you hit, only remain as that if you give up trying.