Wow. Time for another IWSG post then...
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Have you ever had a hatred of something, possibly even a borderline phobia, that could potentially affect your decision making process when it comes to your career?
I don't mean anything risky or potentially life-threatening, just something ordinary, that other folk have no issue with whatsoever. The kind of thing that makes people look at you like you have two heads when you confess you have an issue with it.
For me, it's telephones.
I hate them.
Well, not the phone itself per sé - try and separate me from my mobile and it could result in a fight to the death - but I don't use the darn thing for talking to people. Good grief, no, the very idea triggers a rush of anxiety and makes my stomach clench.
I can begrudgingly use the phone to make an appointment, or resolve an issue, I just can't stand "chatting" on the thing. No thanks. It makes me feel trapped like a caged animal. Yet I'll happily make a quick call to meet you somewhere face-to-face, assuming a text message isn't suitable or instant enough.
So how on earth could my phobi-hatred of phones affect my writing career?
Well...you see...one of the publishers I have on my wishlist always offers a contract by phone. Or Skype. Always. (GAH!) Never in writing from what I can gather, and it's even known as 'the call', like it's some big eureka-type experience. (Which I accept it is in some ways.)
Could I bring myself to submit to a publisher, when the possibility of good news and the offer a contract fills me with absolute dread?
No, honestly - could I? - because I'm really not sure.
The fact that the publisher insists on actually speaking to their authors, rather than engaging in emails or web-chat, could push them down the pecking order in favour of a publisher who happily engages in other methods of communication.
It's a funny old conundrum, isn't it?
You can stop looking at me like I have two heads now. Please?! I'm sure I'm not the only one :-/
Which brings me back to my opening question; do you have any foibles, or phobias, that could potentially affect your career?