I’ve shared this story with most of my friends, everyone loved it, so I think it’s time for it to have a post of its own.
David Thomas Moore (SFF Editor for Rebellion Publishing, a wonderful guy, you should check him out) tweeted this recently:
I think we can all take a leaf out of her book.
Kids learn so well because they are unafraid of trying and unembarrassed by failure. Then education happens, and they become more like the regular kind of adult.
Fear of failure (you can call it perfectionism, or writer’s block if you like) holds you back. But if you want to write for a living, you need to learn how to engage with that fear. There’s no way around it, it never goes away, and the stakes only get higher from here on out.
The way forward, of course, is to do it. Just write. Ask any six-year-old, and they’ll tell you it’s true.