Word Porn Wednesday : Kakorrhaphiophobia

Good morning and happy Wednesday! As usual, today is Word Porn Wednesday and today’s word is something I struggle with. To be honest, I’m somewhat of a perfectionist. It’s not always a bad thing, but there are times that I’m a perfectionist to a fault. I hate making mistakes and I especially can’t stand failing altogether. Most people handle failure gracefully.

I, on the other hand, look a little more like

Okay, maybe not so drastic, but you get my point. At times, my fear of failure causes me to take less risks. Since I have such a lofty goal of learning 7 languages in the next six years, I really need to get over this, and fast, especially since learning a new languages is all about making mistakes and learning from them. As you all know (or are about to know) I have been working on my first YA novel and there are days that I can’t seem to write anything at all. I get caught up in thoughts like “I wonder if anyone will even buy it.” “What if people think it’s stupid?” “What if I can’t even finish this thing?”Β 

At the end of the day, these fears are only hindering any success I might have. What’s life without a few risks? Even if I never become famous from my books, I’m sure there’s at least one person in the world who will enjoy them, and that’s what really counts. There’s no possibility of success if you live life at a standstill. Action is necessary for growth. Hopefully I can sweep my Kakorrhaphiophobia out of my mind and live to my fullest potential. No regrets.

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14 thoughts on “Word Porn Wednesday : Kakorrhaphiophobia

  1. Yeah, you gotta get over that fear fast; it’s WAY too difficult to pronounce!

    I’ve heard this suggestion: before you write, if the what if’s start talking to you, jot them down then put them in a shoebox or box with a lid. Close the lid; shut it in the closet.

    Myself – i use clapping. Say the fear out loud. Clap it away. Say next fear. Clap it away. I use this after an unpleasant exchange with a person -it works well for me!

    • I really like that shoebox idea. I think I’m going to give it a try tonight before I jump into writing again. Hopefully I can overcome this annoying phobia because I feel like it’s holding me back from a lot of great experiences.

  2. Hey, ROTH! I’m visiting from the IWSG, and I hopped to your blog because you are the newest person on the member list. How kind of you to post a picture of perfectionist me at my computer! I’ll be LOL all afternoon! I’ve tried to let go of the thoughts of who will read my books. I find that if I focus on writing what I need to get out it helps me get moving. You wrote that you are working on a YA novel. My favorite YA writer is Will Hobbs. He is a Colorado writer, and he is a genius at getting his books out there. Seven languages! I’m terrible at languages, so I’m in awe of your ability to even contemplate such a goal. Good luck at overcoming kakorrhaphiophobia. I fight that too!

    • Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ve never read any of Will Hobbs’s books but I’m always in search of new YA to get into. I’ll definitely check him out. I wish you luck on getting over your kakorrhaphiophobia too! It’s such a bothersome fear. Lol.

  3. Fantastic word! I’ve discovered two quotes recently that tie into this fear of failure. “Too many people undervalue what they are, and overvalue what they’re not.” (and) “Writing is like everything else; the more you do it the better you get. Don’t try to be perfect as you go along, just get to the end of the damn thing. If you try to polish every sentence there’s a chance you’ll never make it past the first page.” This applies not only to writing but to so many aspects of life. If we continue to micromanage and try to achieve perfection in every little thing out of the fear of failure we will never move forward and succeed!

    • So in love with that first quote! And the second quote is definitely true to life. Thank you so much for that! It took me about 2 weeks to finish my first chapter of my novel because I tried to be perfect. When I finally got passed that mental block, I was on such a roll. I’ve finally made it to chapter 15, and it’s pretty much the halfway point of the novel.

      Hopefully I can continue to push these fears aside and be great. I appreciate you stopping by:)

  4. Ahh the dreaded inner voice that tells you all the poisonous things that are hard to hear and make it easy to give up. You gotta drown those voices out with the positive stuff. Cheesy I know, but true. Not all our thoughts can be trusted. Remember the immortal words of Ernest Hemmingway, “The first draft of anything is shit.”

  5. I love this post. I did mine on fear. Close enough, I suppose. Fear that it won’t be perfect. Tada! πŸ™‚ Welcome to the IWSG. You’re gonna love it. We’ve got great people in this group. Glad you joined. Lily

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  7. γŒγ‚“γ°γ£γ¦γ€‚γ‚‚γ—γ€ζ—₯本θͺžγ‚‚γΉγ‚“γγ‚‡γ†γ—γŸγ‘γ‚Œγ°γ€η§γ―ζ—₯本θͺžγ§γ‚³γƒ‘γƒ³γƒˆγ—γ¦γ„γΎγ™γ‚ˆοΌ

    I’m always looking for more people to practice my Japanese with. πŸ˜‰

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