By Dennis Lowery
That basic human fear transcends writing and applies to virtually everything we do in life. Most people experience it to a larger or lesser degree. A fragile psyche asks that question over and over again and beating that ball around in your head has to suck.
So if you have that bouncing around in your head--stop it. That is if you want to make progress in many aspects of your life (it could be your writing or relationships, etc. anything under the sun--and moon--that opens you up to someone else's perception or judgment of you).
I think the way to overcome the fear of rejection is to stand up to it. Put yourself out there and be willing to be rejected or to fail… and then learn from experience. Rejection (and failure) is permanent only if you let it become so.
You can’t hit the ball if you don’t swing the bat… and swing it as best you can. Do not make a half-assed attempt (those type efforts always ultimately leads to rebuff or disappointment)—giving it your best evens the odds.
No one on this earth (past, present and future) is perfect. Be willing to discover that about yourself--and to discover it in others. Even when you try your best sometimes you will bomb. It's OK to be concerned about the outcome... just don't let that stop you from trying.
A friend of mine, author Donna McAleer, often quotes this (and it is an absolute truth):
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
-- TAKE YOUR SHOT(S)! --
Isn't what you want to accomplish for yourself (or your family if applicable) worth it?