Leap of Faith: How do you cope with nerves?

February 1, 2011 at 12:28 AM 7 comments

So, while I sink into a state of near-oblivion, I have found a part of myself that I haven’t seen for a while. The writer is coming alive in me again. Not the “I love to talk, I love words, I have thoughts and feelings so I am going to express them” writer, but the “Hey, here’s a plot and a character and a scene, let’s work on a novel!” writer. It’s this crazy feeling of “I have this story and I know what I want to do,” and “Where do I start?” and “My main character doesn’t even have a name!”

I found myself typing away at the computer many times today, working on producing a prologue to my “story”. If you can really call it a story. I have so many ideas in my head, just bubbling around, and I’ve decided I am going to try to get them out. The only problem I have with this is that when I fall into these times I want to dive in completely and forget about the rest of the world. I can’t do that, not really, and then I feel frustrated and almost like giving up. I really don’t want to give up on it this time, as long as I can keep the ideas and plot-lines flowing.

Another thing that I have been thinking a lot about lately is my “Children’s Book” that I have been working on. I have so much that I want to do with it, and I am getting really excited about possibly being able to start the illustrating process soon. It is nerve-wracking though, because I realize in my head that if I really do this, I could try getting it published. I could market it, I could actually make something out of it. Or, I could let it all fade away. Or it could end up being a flop. I could fail miserably and be too ashamed ever to write again (ha!).

There are things I want to try, and I will never know how they will work out unless I do. It is just a matter of taking that leap of faith.

I am wondering how you fellow bloggers, or anyone who might be reading this, cope with nerves and anticipation and excitement and fear. Would you mind terribly giving me some advice? Also, if you have any pointers for turning off my “story-creating mind” temporarily so I can focus on work or sleep, that would be great.


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  • 1. starrlife  |  February 1, 2011 at 7:36 AM

    Ahhhh…. I remember having those difficult to contain youthful juices!! They are tremendous! I think it’s a matter of structure. Putting time aside and developing strategies for being able to turn the tap on and turn the tap off. You’ve been cooped up alot lately so there’s a lot of dammed up energy floating around- any chance of weaving in physical exertion? Yoga is a great focuser.

    • 2. Heather  |  February 1, 2011 at 11:03 AM

      Thank you so much, Starr. That is some good advice, and probably something I should attempt since I am not normally one for “structure” ha ha. I mean, I like a good balance and I like having things planned, but I often find myself “winging it” (so to speak) throughout my day.

      I used to have a free yoga class every Monday night, but it has been a year since I have been able to do that. Probably two, actually… ever since I got that job at a restaurant waiting tables. I am glad I work in a library now. Time is going by so quickly. With my asthma I wasn’t allowed to have any strenuous activity for a while, and now I am finally out of that stage but I still have to take it easy. I am constantly being told to sit still, stop squirming, stop skipping/bouncing/dancing etc. 😛

  • 3. starrlife  |  February 1, 2011 at 7:37 AM

    PS- Love the new Look! And thanks for the special mention- I’m very touched and honored!

  • 4. Shiku  |  February 9, 2011 at 3:58 AM

    My theme for this year is jump of the dang cliff already haha-less thinking about what i’m going to do and more actually doing it…for some reason all my great ideas come at 3 a.m. so i’m afraid i can’t help you on that one lol…happy writing 🙂

    • 5. Heather  |  February 9, 2011 at 9:47 PM

      Yes, cliff-jumping is something I’m about to consider. ;P I have spent so much time thinking, planning, tossing, and turning that I just feel restless.

  • 6. Shiku  |  February 16, 2011 at 4:08 AM

    The 5 minute-rule has been working wonders for me. Whatever you want to get done, start of by doing it for just 5 minutes regardless of how scared/lazy/etc you feel and then just take it from there. It’s crazy how many things I’ve been ticking off my to-do list just from that.

    • 7. Heather  |  February 17, 2011 at 8:39 AM

      That is a VERY good plan. I should try it out sometime…


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