This is the first book that I read that got me really thinking about the role that fear plays in my creative life.
Fear keeps me from starting.
Fear keeps me from ending.
Fear tells me it's no good.
Fear tells me I'm not a writer.
Fear tells me that I'm crazy to think that what I create matters.
Fear talks me out of taking chances.
Fear keeps me in my comfort zone.
In Big Magic, Gilbert tells us that fear can come along for the ride in our creative lives, but we must never let it drive. We can't let it control us. It doesn't get a say. It doesn't get a vote.
That's all great and a bit reassuring, but I needed something more. Fear is such an ambiguous thing. I needed to see fear as something physical, something I could touch, something I could physically remove from my life when I needed to.
So, I'd like you to meet my fear:
Now, when fear starts to take over, I can take him and shove him in a closet. Keep him from driving.
But that's only if my two dogs don't conquer my fear for me first. They've already been sniffing him out.