Riding Bitch

The daily musings of a writer.

20 Fears to Overcome (by this writer)


1. I will get to Vermont residency in two weeks and not be able to write.

2. I will get to Vermont and not know what to write.

3. I will spend all this time and money for a trip that will yield nothing.

4. I will be laughed at by the other artists for being a fraud because I haven’t been published yet.

5. I won’t be able to handle the cold. Watching TITANIC last night didn’t help.

6. I will sleep too much.

7. I will meet too many interesting people and be distracted.

8. I won’t make any friends.

9. I won’t be able to remember everyone’s names. This will be embarrassing and stressful every time I leave my room.

10. I won’t leave my room.

11. The bed will be uncomfortable (though this might cancel out #6).

12. I will worry about the puppy staying three miles down the road with a surrogate mom, and not be able to write.

13. I will not have enough warm clothing or footwear, causing me to have to go shopping instead of writing.

14. Whatever I do manage to write will be garbage that I could have just as easily written at home.

15. My computer will stop working (I’m considering taking two).

16. I will get lost in the woods and no one will notice because they’re artists on residency.

17. I will get lost in the woods and be found by people who live in the woods.

18. I will get lost in the woods and not be found by anyone and freeze to death.

19. I will not be able to handle driving in the snow and ice.

20. I won’t like the food.

Author: nivaladiva

Freelance writer and independent filmmaker.

8 thoughts on “20 Fears to Overcome (by this writer)

  1. Ultimate fear: you will go, write, be welcomed, make friends, have great time . . . be successful.

  2. It’ll all work out 🙂 Trust me. The night before I flew out to South Korea for a year of teaching, I was petrified. I was like, “What if I get lost? What if I don’t like the food? What if I get sick? What if I’m a terrible teacher? What if I don’t make any friends? What if the job is too hard? What if the apartment is awful?” But I went, and it rocked (most of the time!), and I’m glad I went through with it. So chin up, pack warm, and have a blast 🙂

  3. I predict you will get to Vermont safely, other writer residents will be feeling the same as you, you will make friends and each laugh about being afraid, The residents of Vermont are friendly so if you get lost in the woods they will take you in and keep you warm and fed. You should probably bring 3x the amount of warm clothing you think you will need. You are heading for New England and we are expecting multiple storms this week through next weekend. I also predict you will love Vermont and want to come back over the summer/fall and explore the roads on your motorcycle.

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