Most of what I write (aside from blog entries and social networking updates) is non-fiction, science fiction, or poetry. However, I think my best short story is a piece of literary fiction, and it’s currently in the queue at a fairly prestigious literary magazine. I suspect the end result will be a rejection letter; I’m prepared for the worst.
I’m okay with the prospect of rejection. Success and its resulting reader expectations scare me, though. How do I maintain quality output?
An alternate Me just whispered in my ear: “Trust yourself. Satisfy your own expectations and your fears will dissolve.”