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…