"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. . . .You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
As a writer and a parent and a worrier, I think a lot about fear. I wrote a novel about a deadly contagious disease that spreads across the US, after all. Current events give us an almost endless stream of fear-inducing topics. Ebola. Terrorism. Pedophiles.
There's an interesting TED talk about fear from author Karen Thompson Walker called "What Fear Can Teach Us." She talks about fear as a form of storytelling,and says that "how we choose to read our fears can have profound effects on our lives."
Each month, the bloggers at YA Outside the Lines focus on a different theme. In honor of Halloween, October's theme is fear, masks, and disguises. There are a number of creative posts this month. You should read them all! But here are five to start:
Writing the Fear Away by Amy K. Nichols
Don't Be Afraid to Celebrate by Laurie Boyle Crompton
The Gift of Fear (by me!)
Author Masks by Sydney Salter