Being a writer is one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. It takes a brave soul to put their words out for others to pick apart. I say this as someone who struggles at times with grammar and syntax. You should see when I write something in rilenese, it looks like English, but it sure doesn’t sound like it.
Like everything, writing takes practice in order to get better. If you don’t put in the time how can you expect to have the product? Every step of the way is a challenge against yourself, and that’s before you even publish.
Now you have a product in hand. One that’s very close to you, and hard to hear criticism about. You want readers, and want to know what they think of your work, but are struggling to put yourself out there. I never understood some writers fears of being criticized. As if they’re worried they’ll break some unwritten rule that will make their book unreadable.
If you have done your due diligence, and have worked to put out the best product that you can, you should be happy! For all the new writers that come out everyday, they are still a minority. Creators are by far outnumbered by those who take in our works.
You can’t expect readers to know about your creations, without throwing yourself in front of their proverbial bus. Get ready to be run over, some people just aren’t going to appreciate your efforts. Don’t let a fear of failure stop you from succeeding. Writing is like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it.