There is a moment, as a published author, when you have to take the words you have written privately and put them out into the world for the public to read.

The mere mention of that idea might make you shudder. That’s because it can be one of the scariest and most vulnerable moments you ever encounter.

I have yet to meet a writer who doesn’t have some apprehension about his/her work being read by other people. There is a fear of being judged and somehow coming up short. There is uncertainty about whether your words have value or if your writing is “good enough”. There are even fears that you don’t have enough authority or experience to be writing a book for the general public to read.

Those fears are real, but they are also what prevent most people from becoming published authors!

So how do you overcome that fear?

The answer is – you don’t!

You cannot overcome fear. It is too powerful and ever-present. Grappling with it, resisting it, denying it or pretending it isn’t there will never work. In fact, those methods only serve to make it stronger.

So what’s the answer?

The answer is to learn to ACCEPT it.

Stop fighting with it and start embracing it. Fear has many qualities that are helpful to you in life. It is there for a reason. And if you want to have creativity in your life, then you will have to accept that fear will be right there with it.

Elizabeth Gilbert explains it beautifully in her book, Big Magic. She writes, “In fact, it seems to me that my fear and my creativity are basically conjoined twins – as evidenced by the fact that creativity cannot take a single step forward without fear marching right alongside it.”

She goes on to say, “This is why we have to be careful of how we handle our fear—because I’ve noticed that when people try to kill off their fear, they often end up inadvertently murdering their creativity in the process.”

The best way to make your dream of becoming a published author come true is to make room for fear, welcome it for the purpose it serves, and accept that it is there.
Then get on with it. You have a book that needs to be published!