Fear ~ Outside the Margins with Lisa Henry

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For those who don’t know, my latest book Adulting 101 is out from Riptide on August 15.

It’s always exciting when I’ve got a new book coming out. Kind of nerve-wracking too, in that fun sort of tingly way. But what if it’s terrible? that voice in my head always demands. And that’s when I have to remind myself that it’s not terrible. My beta readers liked it, my published liked it, and so did my editor. But that little voice is nothing if not persistent.

It’s a good thing to have a critical inner editor. It makes you work harder, and try to do better. It makes you continue to push yourself. That little voice is super important when it comes to actually writing a book, but not so much when it comes to release date. That’s about the time it starts to panic and insists you’re a fraud, and you need to find another job because this is just terrible.

And it takes a lot of practice to know when to listen to that voice, and when to tell it to shut the hell up. God knows I’m still learning.


When you want to be a writer (although this applies to most things in life) people rarely tell you about the fear. The fear that you’re not good enough. The fear that you suck as badly as you think you do. The fear that you’ll put your best effort out there and people will point and laugh. The thing you have to learn to do is to take that fear and let it motivate you, instead of cripple you. Make your fear work for you.

For years I didn’t even bother try to get anything published because my fear told me I wasn’t good enough. And if I didn’t try, I didn’t have to face rejection. And for a while that seemed like a pretty sweet deal. But then I started to pick that fear apart, bit by bit. I mean, if the worst thing was rejection? Well, hell, I’d dealt with rejection before and I could do it again. So instead of letting my fear decide for me, I started to think of it as risk versus reward. The fear of rejection was the risk. But the reward? Seeing my name on a book cover? It turned out I wanted that. And the want was bigger than my fear.

Today on Facebook I saw a post from a friend who tried bungee jumping for the first time in her life. In the before photos, she looks like she’s ready to cut and run. But in the photo taken after, she’s wearing one of the biggest smiles I’ve ever seen. And that’s the value of fear right there. Overcoming it. Whether you’re writing a book, or jumping off a bridge with a bungee cord attached, there is no better feeling than defeating your fears.

So the advice I give most to people who ask me about becoming a published writer is this: Just try. You’re probably a better writer than that voice tell you. So just try, and keep trying, because someone out there wants to read the story you’re waiting to tell.

~Lisa Henry

About Lisa Henry

Lisa likes to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters.

Lisa lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but she suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.

She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.

She shares her house with too many cats, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.

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