So, I've been on here for a bit, and learned from some errors in past short-stories I've posted. I do feel that that I can flesh out longer stories and I've only put together small, 300 word tales here and there. My latest idea comes from my past experience as a disciplined screenwriter. Basically, I write longer when I have serious intentions with specific material and plans to use them for gaining exposure. It's just the way I am. I can't always write for leisure. Now, I've gained some comfort in writing literature and the structure isn't as foreign to me, but I still have a certain fear. The fear that I might not write as eloquent or elaborate as people want me to and the fear of friends, family, fellow writers, etc critiquing my work with negativity. This comes from both mental illness and the insecurities that have been implanted in me since my youth. I know I haven't contributed much on this forum, but I have had film scripts produced and can be professional when I have to be. (Deadlines, Marketing, etc) Should I just stop giving a fuck about what others might think? Is worrying about my work being a a complete failure wrong? Or, is this fear a valid one, indicating that perhaps my skills are still premature and that I need to "educate myself" a bit longer before giving this a try? I've been strongly considering working on a decent short-story to include in a collaborative anthology with other fellow writers of similar genres. I've even posted about it in the collaboration section on this forum. My idea is to have something out there for the sole benefit of exposure. I'm not looking to acquire rights to profit off of other people's writing or any of that shady nonsense. So, should I go forward and attempt to spearhead my project? My current plan is to find about 4-5 other writers who are aspiring/amateur authors with 1 or less published works and want to gain exposure. I'm just scared like a little schoolgirl about this and I'm unsure if I'm "good enough" to have published work out there, even if it's self-published.