Obviously I cannot speak for every author everywhere.
But if you are an author, or if you follow an author on social media, I’m certain you’ve seen the memes that revolve around this question.
What do Authors Fear?
Let’s look at this from a different perspective.
Authors have fears as all humans do, and this human condition offers opportunities for our characters to experience fear.
Imagine a hero who’s afraid to fall in love. There’s a challenge there in giving him reasons to push past that fear and reach for a happily ever after with the heroine. And can we say second chance romance? Those are my absolute favorite, and a large portion of them consist of either the hero or heroine being reluctant about love because of a failed relationship in the past. And what is behind that reluctance? Why, I think it might be fear that he or she will experience the same heartbreak.
What about other fears? I’m sure we’ve all read a story where we relate to a character’s fear, and sometimes that helps a reader to connect to the character in ways that others might not. I love the idea that fear can bring people together, though it’s not fun being the one who’s afraid.
Have you ever found yourself connecting to a fictional character because of a shared fear?
I always root for them to overcome the obstacles in their way, and although fear is something that we all encounter, I love when the character starring in the opposing role helps guide and encourage.