1:21 AM

I am terrified of failure. This might be why I've always kept the things that I am doing tucked away. I've never been comfortable saying, "hey, look what I did!" Only for whatever I do to fall flat. This year, I started sharing more of my writing. I cringed every time I hit the publish button on a blog post, and I forced myself to close the tab before I deleted my words.

Also, I entered a competition called So You Think You Can Write. It's run by Harlequin. The most terrifying thing about this is, people are voting on our first chapters. This isn't something I would usually do. Put my writing out there and say, "here it is. Vote for it or don't.." But I'm doing it, and I am more terrified of people reading my words than I am losing. Being in the top 25 isn't that big of a deal for me. I've never been competitive, which is why I've never entered contests. If I make it to the top 25, great! If I don't, that doesn't mean that I will stop writing, or that I will postpone sending my manuscript to an agent. My dreams won't stop because of this, I just wanted to overcome a fear. Fear or sharing, fear of failing.

So, with that being said, feel free to click here and vote, I'd appreciate it. And even if you don't vote, enjoy the first chapter of a novel that was never supposed to see the light of day.

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