Well, for those that are following my story, I dropped a pretty big plot twist in my latest chapter. I surprised myself last night, upon depressing the "publish" button - at how nervous I was regarding my reader's reactions. I think that's why I did it late at night, so that I could fall asleep and forget about anyone who might be reading it at that moment and hating it or loving it or most preferably dropping their jaws and saying, "What the what?"
It sometimes surprises me on which parts of my story make me nervous. As Zyra mentioned, you have your typical "adult scenes" that wreak havoc on a writer's psyche. But sometimes there are descriptive scenes, or internal thoughts or bits of dialogue that you become overly sensitive or excited about. In my experience, these things can pass by without so much as a comment, making you wonder if perhaps you had overestimated their importance. But sometimes, when a reader takes the time to comment and they happen to point out that bit of your story that you were particularly nervous over, well then it's pretty darn cool.
So, all of that got me thinking of other scenes or scenarios that had made me nervous, both to write about and to publish. I thought this might be a good topic to maybe spark some discussion on this blog. (Yes, you loyal readers - all 4 of you - you can comment on our posts!) And so to that end, I've made a little top 7 list of things that make me anxious/nervous to write about. (Seven because I had more than 5 but couldn't think of 10).
Feel free to comment, commiserate or share yours!
TOP 7 THINGS THAT CAUSE ME ANXIETY TO WRITE ABOUT:
#7 - Arguments
#6 - Original Characters or most any character besides Han and Leia (including Chewie, Luke and 3PO)
#5 - Setting the Scene (descriptions, including what my poor characters are wearing)
#4 - Declarations of Love
#3 - Action Scenes
#2 - "The No Pants Dance" (any occasion)
#1 - Han and Leia's first time - have never written it (but I think it happens on the way to Bespin)
And, not to be outdone by Zyra...a picture (this pic totally deserves a story or at least a funny caption):