Confronting Your Fear

Have you ever had that one thing you were afraid to do?

Personally, my biggest fear is heights, but also jumping into something new. Let’s face it, we’re all creatures of habit and the idea that there are others out there waiting for us to trip or screw up doesn’t help.

As writers, often times it’s something as simple as writing a different character or switching genres. While both seem simple, there are pitfalls for each choice we make. If we typically write darker characters, it’s a formidable challenge to switch to the wholesome ones. Imagine spending years writing horror and then tackling writing children’s books as well. While not impossible, or maybe not hard for some, it can be daunting as we’re constantly looking over our work to make sure we didn’t use the wrong language or disembowel a character. The same goes for switching genres.

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About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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2 Responses to Confronting Your Fear

  1. edireland says:

    I am finding that as I grow older, things I was afraid of are nothing to me now, but things that never bothered me suddenly hold me in an apprehensive grip. You mentioned heights. In my 20’s I did roofing and siding work and often walked along beams and ledges like it was nothing. Now, at the ripe age of 60 I find myself standing well clear of any edges.
    As far as writing, my last book held a very real fear for me. It was not just the final book of the trilogy, but it was also taking a very dark turn. In the end, I had no choice but to man up, write the book like it needed to be written and release it. It did take an emotional toll that I never expected and it’s only just now that I’m starting to write again.
    More than ever before, Truman Capote’s quote rang true. “Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.” Finishing a story that took more than twenty years to get out is even worse.

    • cpbialois says:

      Oh yeah, I hear you about heights. I used to jump off our ten-foot-tall carport roof without a second thought, then I did a belly flow off the high dive at the local pool on a dare. That started my fear. Now the overpass gives me vertigo. lol

      I can understand what you mean. I did the same thing in my series with book 3 (I blame reading Game of Thrones for that lol), but so far I think it worked out pretty well. Hopefully I’ll pull it off like you did for yours. 🙂

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