I read something in an old book that said something like:
Ask yourself what’s the worst that can happen if you follow your dreams.
Go on, ask yourself. The answer is usually something like “I may fail and make a fool of myself.”
Now ask yourself what’s the worst that can happen if you don’t.
Go on, ask yourself. The answer is usually much more powerful– sometimes so much so that you may feel like you wasted your entire life if you did not pursue your dreams.
As an author (a beginner author, as I like to call myself), I have published a lot of fiction. I have grown over time and improved. I have positive reviews, I have negative reviews.
And that’s just reality. There’s the potential that people will love your work, there’s the potential that they’ll hate it. There is positive, there is negative.
Don’t let the negative keep you small.
Don’t expect to be perfect right away. Don’t expect to be immune to criticism. Embrace the imperfection and the comments.
To create art is to bare your soul.
But the baring, the nakedness of the soul is much more exciting than the holding back, the eggshell. Eggshells crack. Thick skin lasts.