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On Monday, I mentioned how I was working to defeat my fears. One such fear is one I've been hesitant to acknowledge. I've been fearing the end.
Writing as Rayven Godchild, I had no issues with penning those spicy tales filled with scintilating sexy details and erotica. Reaching the end with those shorts didn't have me in an odd place. But the idea of writing, publishing and releasing the last story of my Shadow Jumpers series has had me on a mission of misdirection.
Each month I tell myself to start on the manuscript to bring this series to a close. Each month I find myself stealing away into a story, busying myself with G. R. R. Martin's fantasy world wishing he'd bring back my Ned Stark or perhaps make Jon Snow love me (Hey, a girl can dream lol!!). Each month, the final story of Shadow Jumpers sits upon the tips of my fingers, waiting to be typed out. The words are there so I can't blame writer's block. Procrastination has been the easy scapegoat. Yet it's the fear of seeing this series close that hinders me. Along with this fear comes a doubt so fierce and massive it has its own area code. The combination of fear and doubt have left me with just enough ability to work through edits, begin formatting for a story re-release and occupy my mind with critiques of other authors' works.
So I bring this fear and doubt to bear, acknowledge them so I remove a tiny bit of power. Each day, I'll work through these feelings so I can use them as steppings stones instead of burdens.
Each day, I'll remind myself that the end of this series isn't the end of my writing.
Each day, I'll start anew.