Hit submit

Publishing something is not easy.

One of the things that I find most difficult about publishing a manuscript, in the form of a manuscript, or, heck, even a simple blog post, is hitting the ‘submit’ button.

When you write, even if it is a scientific manuscript, you bleed on the paper. At least that’s what it feels like to me. Your thoughts take form in the written word. Everything you write becomes a small part of you. It is your view on the subject. It is almost like it is your thought baby. When I write, I go through phases, ups and downs. My thoughts basically go from a very excited voice inside me telling me “this is the best thing you ever wrote” to an anxious voice  going “my god, this shit is horrible, people will forever take you for a fool for writing this”. Back and forth. Multiple times a day.

The writing part is easy. It is the mental hurdle that needs to be overcome. I have several finished manuscripts that I haven’t submitted anywhere (for about a year), simply because my anxious brain got the upper hand.

But soon I will hit submit – so stay tuned…

Published by Robin Heinen

Father of two | Husband | Entomologist and Ecologist | Postdoctoral Researcher @ TUM | Traveler | Coffee Addict

3 thoughts on “Hit submit

  1. I feel that way about everything I write, but every time I hit the Publish button, things didn’t turn out as bad as I had thought they would. In fact, they opened up new doors. Because of that, I say let the world decide what’s good, and just keep publishing 🙂


    1. Hi Stuart – Thanks for sharing! I completely agree. I write primarily for myself. Because I like it and because I KNOW that in the long run, the writing skills, as well as the creative brain/idea machine, will benefit.

      I just hit submit again (and submitted the mentioned manuscript today).

      If the world does not like it, is that really our problem? We just keep publishing!

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