Hi, Rick. Welcome to the Writers Digest forums.
In some ways, writing is an act of courage. For me, there’s something intimate and intense about taking these stories and characters in my head and putting them on paper.
I don’t have any hard evidence, but I think you’re far from alone in your feelings. I think the key is to have some self-confidence. I’ve started realizing that my stories want to be told.
I may never be good enough to get published. But even if that’s true, each time I put pen to paper, I’m creating something that didn’t exist until I wrote, until I made it. That’s kind of exciting, really.
Trust yourself. Trust your story. Let it out. I can’t promise you success. But I can promise that you’ll never succeed if you don’t at least try.