A for Apprehension

Fellow Blogger: “Have you talked to a publisher yet?”

Me: “Publisher? Duh!! Why?” 

Fellow Blogger: “Your profile says you want to write a book. Are you not working on it?’

Me: “I have many ideas floating in my mind, but I haven’t really compiled them into a story for a book.”

Fellow Blogger: “Why?”

Me:Well, because I am not sure if it will be good enough for a book……What if the publishing houses never reply? What if they reject it? What if it is not up to their standards.”

AYes, I have a lot of apprehensions about writing a book. I easily get discouraged when I google, ‘How many words make a novella‘. 50,000 words! I am apprehensive that in a bid to write so many words I might get deviated from the story and write something which has no relevance….

I have read some books and blogs which are, to put it mildly, full of grammatical mistakes yet there they are being read, published, bought and have a decent number of followers. But I am apprehensive!!

Why does anybody have apprehensions…..fear of failure? Yes, I have that fear which stops me from writing thousands of thoughts that fight for attention in my mind.

Participating in this http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/  is my way of getting over my fear…I might not get enough comments, followers, readers but I feel if I survive a whole month of posting daily with some relevant content then may be I may start compiling my thoughts for a book too…


About shoma abhyankar

I like to believe that I am a creative person. I read, write, paint, sketch, rustle up some quick and some elaborate meals for friends and family, love chess, su-doku and scrabble, can hum an old Hindi song tentatively, always stand up for women rights, hate fake people, bugs, roaches, spiders and cigarette smokers!! I graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Architecture in 1998. Soon after, I married an officer in Indian Air Force and have been on move since then. For a brief time of two years when we were posted in Pune, I worked as a junior architect in a firm. Being aware of frequent movement that we would have to live with, I chose to be a homemaker and concentrated on creating a warm and welcoming home for my family. But sitting at home without any creative activity was not my cup of tea. I learnt candle making and soon put up an exhibition at Poona Club when my daughter was barely a year old. I also enjoyed a short stint as a home-based entrepreneur, supplying chocolates and cakes on demand, while we were posted in Bareilly. With an inclination towards writing, I completed a diploma in ‘Creative Writing in English’ from Symbiosis College of Distance Learning, Pune. Then I discovered the blogosphere. Now I hope to not only travel and share my experiences with the world but also to pen a book someday....
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5 Responses to A for Apprehension

  1. Shilpa Gupte says:

    Wish you the best for that novella, Shoma. And, I think you can do away with the Apprehension. Don’t give it as much importance. 🙂 After reading your 30 poems for NaPoWriMo, I am sure you can write 1000 words per day and come out with a 30,000 word book.


  2. Inger D. Kenobi says:

    I understand, I can relate, but the best place to start is at the beginning. I started blogging to ‘warm up’ too. It’s a great way to get the juices flowing. This is good, glad to follow you and your A-Z challenge.


  3. lovetotrav says:

    I could so relate to your blog. I am a teacher and was worried about blogging for fear of making mistakes, being boring, and the list goes on. Once I bit the bullet (a month ago), I am so happy I did. I do it for myself now but maybe later on, it will be somewhat of a record for my girls of family memories of travel etc. Happy blogging, Cheryl


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