From my creativity coaching lesson: We must risk in our own creative lives. This means that each of us should try projects that scare us, market in ways that scare us, and every day do something that scares us. This is anti-biological, as we are not built to want to scare ourselves, and also completely species-sensible, as we are creatures who understand that to get what we want may mean that we have to do things that scare us. If you are a major league batter facing a pitcher throwing a hundred miles an hour, the first fraction of a second after he throws the ball is spent making sure that the ball is not drilled toward your head. That is our natural instinct making sure that we are safe. After that split second, you turn to trying to hit the ball. You deal with the fear and then you act powerfully. Creating is just like that. You deal with the fear that you are wasting your time spending a year or two on your inchoate novel in whatever ways you have learned to deal with that fear and then you write powerfully. If you can deal with fears of that sort in a split second, you will do an awful lot of creating.