I have made a Facebook page. Well, actually that’s a lie, I made in just after the New Year and then promptly hid it. I know, I know. Even this morning as I hit publish, from the sanctuary that is my kitchen table, I was blushing and cringing as I closed the page as fast as I could. My heartbeat quickened and I had to drink tea to calm my nerves. What the hell was wrong with me?
A chronic case of old-fashioned fear, I’m afraid. You see, if people know that I’m a writer (gulp) and I fail, it’ll be out there for all to see. Plus, the whole calling myself a writer thing, is sometimes enough to reduce me to a quivering, sobbing wreck.
Proper writers have a FB page. Proper writers who write incredible books. Not me, I’m a big old fraud and I’m rubbish and…yeah, you get the picture.
There’s a great book called ‘Feel the Fear, and do it Anyway’ by Susan Jeffers, which got me through a really tough decision a couple of years back. Last night, I picked it up again. Everyone is scared. Okay, I admit sometimes my own reactions might seem a little extreme, but I’m betting a lot of aspiring writers feel at least a little bit nervous about putting themselves out there. Fear is not the problem, but how you deal with it. Do you run for the hills, screaming like a girl or jump in with both feet?
So, I published my FB page. I might not like it at the moment, but as everyone keeps telling me, it’s the right thing to do. So, without further ado I give to you my Facebook Page.