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Fear of Writing: Guest Blogging, Face your Fears

I had the honor of guest blogging today over at Author Christopher Kelly’s blog.  Since he was kind enough to get me access to the reclusive serial killer protagonist of his A Shadow over Vegas story, Malcolm Penn, I figured I should reciprocate.  What better to write about, than Fear.  Fear of Writing.  You can find the blog post, on his Author Meanderings Page.

To meet the reclusive Malcolm Penn, see CH’s page… if you dare.

If you missed Malcolm’s interview, you can find it on my blog at Malcolm’s Interview

In the meantime, here’s the copy of the guest blog piece for your enjoyment.

Fear of Writing

Meraki. (V) Greek.

To do something with soul, creativity or love; to put something of yourself into your work.

This is true of many a creative type, but in my opinion, WRITER is another synonym for MERAKI.

A writer puts many hours of themselves into everything they write: blood, sweat, tears, coffee; their hopes, dreams, and fears.

Author Susan Kaye Quinn had these powerful words on the subject

“So much of writing is secretive by nature: an intimate struggle between writer and words; an internal swelling and falling of emotions, both characters alive in our minds and our own turmoil in response.

It’s no wonder that writers hold fast to each other, seeking comrades in arms against which to test our words, and to help gird for the day when those private words become public.

Publishing is an act of courage, and I applaud anyone who does it, no matter the route.”

Fear. Face your fears. Writers face them on a daily basis. Is it good enough? What happens if no one reads it (past your spouse or mom)? Does your fear dissipate if you have the confidence in writing what you wanted?

It doesn’t matter if your genre is romance, children’s or books with a serial killer protagonist (Malcolm Penn, anyone?) What matters is that you write. Every day. Good or bad put words on a page. Napkin. Matchbooks (do they even have those anymore?) Computer screen. Tablet. Laptop. WRITE. What you love. WRITE. Through your fears.

Then… Put it away. For a week. For a month. Let it marinate. Take it out again. Face your fears. Meraki.

Hand it to a neutral third party. All writing needs a second pair of eyes. An editor you trust. What’s that Malcolm? Trust no one?

Write without fear. Edit without mercy.

Until next time,

Dara Rochlin- Book Doctor

Susan Kaye Quinn, speculative fiction author, is the author of the bestselling young adult SF Mindjack Trilogy. The Dharian Affairs trilogy is her excuse to dress up in corsets and fight with swords. She also has a dark-and-gritty SF serial for ages 17+ called The Debt Collector and a middle grade fantasy called Faery Swap. She can be found at: or on Twitter at

Dara Rochlin Book Doctor, {Editor. Proofreader. Wordsmith.} wields her red pen and can be found at, on twitter at @bookdoctordara or via email at . But you knew this already since you are here!

Oh, and while  we are talking about FEAR… be sure to check out the anthology I edited with 22 authors.   SHADES OF FEAR- a charity anthology.  You won’t want to miss their fears. Stories are fears you tell yourself. You never know what might haunt you, or help you.  All proceeds go to benefit pediatric cancer research and patient care.  A worthy cause.  Kindle version out now, paperback out soon!  I promise. Buy the  KINDLE VERSION


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grammar doctor


I love books.  I love editing. I love watching words flow and ebb on the page.  I love when it works. and I even love when it doesn’t work.  I love the ability to find the right way to fix a sentence to make it flow.   I love being a wordsmith.

My job is to provide the help you need to achieve your goals with your writing.

Dara Rochlin Book Doctor offers a full suite of editing services including:

Developmental/ Project Editing
Structural Editing
Copy/Line Editing
Stylistic Editing
Manuscript Editing
Self Publishing – Create Space, Lulu, Smashwords
Fact Checking & Research
Resume Proofreading

Every writer does not need the same amount of effort and time even when selecting the same service, so my intention is to customize the price based on the writer’s needs.

I give you an honest opinion of your story with specific notes, comments and questions to strengthen your writer’s voice.  I brainstorm with you and offer advice on how to make your book more marketable, to give you the best final product before you go to publication.

First contact is preferably via email – DaraR68 (at) gmail (dot) com.  I will do a sample edit of a chapter (up to five pages) for you to see how I work.  Then I will send you back the sample edit with commentary and suggestions.  Next step is the Quote. Once we work out the terms, then the Contract.

What people have said about

Dara Rochlin Book Doctor

“Hello, everyone. I’m dropping in to give kudos to my editor, Dara Rochlin. She has been with me on this journey since last June (2012) and continues to be by my side. She was instrumental in the editing of this book, giving me constructive criticism as needed, seeing it through publishing and now through promotion. I couldn’t have asked for a better editor. If you’re looking for a fantastic editor and wordsmith, someone who is honest, caring, smart and quick, go to Dara. I trust her with everything.”

Author Roxanna Mitchell, Perfect Score Part One: Full Court Press


“Things are going great, the first chapter should be back from my awesome editor Dara Rochlin some time this week and I couldn’t be more excited. This is going to be an amazing journey and I am looking forward to every second of it.

Finished going through my edits today and they were awesome. Big thank you to Dara Rochlin for turning what I gave her and making a chapter out of it. Anyone looking for an editor I highly recommend her.”

Author Mike Mill, Chronicles of The Guardian and Jonny Two Bones

“I did it! Thanks to Book Doctor, Dara Rochlin for her awesome edits and insights.”

Author Dawn Miller Fulton, The Mighty Orange Blossoms

“Dara, thanks for the help with editing my resume. Great job, much appreciated.”

Ian Lipner, Personal Trainer

Word of the Day: MERAKI. (adj). Greek.  Meraki describes what happens when you leave a piece of yourself (your soul, creativity, or love) in your work, whatever it may be

If we work together, I promise that with every edit and revision, you will get a piece of Meraki from me.

To find out more information, contact me via email at Dara Rochlin Book Doctor or at 424-262-0952.
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