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"Set my goals, for the immediate. See my vision, for the long term.

It's a New Year! Yay!"

A new you, a new me. How many of us said this several weeks ago only to be

plagued by a familiar nemesis. Another four letter word in an Author's or writer's repertoire, and that word is, FEAR!

Who am I kidding, it's in everyone's repertoire. We can be our own toughest critic and therefore, throw in that proverbial towel.

Even though you try keeping it at bay, FEAR creeps up and can take its hold on us. You begin to wonder and ask yourself, Is my writing good enough? Is my manuscript edited enough? Why would an editor answer my query? Am I good enough? Our fear list can be endless.

Believe it or not even when you become a published author, that fear never goes away. So how do you deal with it? And not only for your writing but life in general.

1. Never, ever, give up on yourself or your dream.

2. Continue dreaming. It's who you are. It's what you live for.

3. Set your goals and vision and stick to them no matter what.

I take comfort in these following quotes and lean on them when fear hits:

“You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory.” —J. Donald Walters

"Some succeed because they are destined to. But, most succeed because they are determined to."

And, you too shall succeed!

Happy New Year! Until next time.

My best to you always,

Mary K. Savarese

Author, Tigers Love Bubble Baths & Obsession Perfume (who knew!) mystery romance

The Girl In The Toile Wallpaper, YA fantasy adventure trilogy, coming Summer 2021

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