Do you remember Underdog? I have the t-shirt. When I wore it one day, my youngest asked who that was on my shirt. I told him about Underdog and his motto: "There's no need to fear, Underdog is here!" For weeks after that, my little guy would yell his version of the Underdog motto: "USE YOUR FEAR!"
I remember Underdog as being a super lame super hero. I didn't remember that he only speaks in rhymes; he's sort of a poet, a very awkward one. He talks in a nasally voice and runs through walls even though a door is right there.
As aspiring writers, we are the underdogs. The odds against us are immeasurable. "There's no need to fear!" is an appropriate motto for us since we need to be fearless, but I think "Use your fear!" is even better.
It's terrifying to spend months, maybe years, committing words to paper, words no one may ever want to read or that readers may only criticize. But it's scarier not to try, not to work hard enough to ensure success, not to give it our all. So do everything in your power to make your novels, poems, or short stories outstanding. Don't give up. Use your fear!
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Maybe this post would have been better for Insecure Writers' Support Group Day, but I needed something for U.