EVE #1: How are you ever going to publish novels if you keep spending too much time online?
EVE #2: But going online is fun! I’m learning about all kinds of books I’d like to read, and I love talking with other book lovers and writers.
EVE #1: Seriously, though, as soon as you progress to a point where you might actually complete a really good novel–as in ready to send out to agents–you get distracted and start spending more time online. What’s up with that?
EVE #2: Yeah, what IS up with that? I think I may have a fear of success.
EVE #1: Fear of succe–what even is that? . . . Okay, here. . . Susanne Babbel, Ph.D., M.F.T., could you please tell us what you wrote on Psychology Today about fear of success?
Susan Babbel, Ph.D., M.F.T.: “People who have experienced trauma may associate the excitement of success with the same physiological reactions as trauma. They avoid subjecting themselves to excitement-inducing circumstances, which causes them to be almost phobic about success.”
EVE #2: Whoah, that’s deep. Is anyone else finding it difficult to ignore that “Babbel” is a hilarious surname for someone who probably engages in a lot of talk therapy?
EVE #1: Focus, Eve. You’ve been through trauma. It’s something to keep in mind. You don’t want it to hold you back from your dreams.
EVE #2: Alright, I will definitely keep it in mind. Now. . . I have an admission to make.
EVE #1: Uh-oh.
EVE#2: I think today might have been first.
EVE #1: A first? So you made good headway on the novel?
EVE #2: A little. But, nope, this is about headway I made on someone else’s novel. . .
EVE #1: So you’re reading other books? That’s great. They say reading lots of novels makes you a better—
EVE #2: Better writer, blah-blah. Listen. . . today I may have made my first book purchase based purely on the gorgeousness of the author.
EVE #1: You bought a book because the guy in the picture was cute?
EVE#2: Sort of, well. . . definitely. He had great hair and looked really clean. He was wearing a sexy winter coat, and his face had this perfect expression between serious and smiling. And he was on the chubby side —you know how I love those teddy bear guys.
EVE #1: Care to tell us who it was?
EVE #2: No way!
EVE #1: So you bought this guy’s book? You just went and bought it based purely on his looks?
EVE #2: Well, I read the excerpt first.
EVE #1: And you’re probably HOPING his writing is as “cute” as his looks.
EVE #2: I cannot disagree with that statement.