I have been teaching Creative Writing at my high school this year. It's the first time the class has been offered in nearly a decade. I have awesome, dedicated, creative kids. It's been an amazing experience.
And I've been scared out of my mind.
What if I screw this up? What if I look like an idiot? What sort of math teacher teaches Creative Writing? What if a critique crushes someone's soul and they never write again? What if I have the writer of the next great American novel in my class and she sees how pitiful my writing is?
It all boils down to: What if I'm not good enough?
Of course, I deal with that often enough in writing itself. Maybe these harpies sound familiar to you:
What if I write the best I can, put everything I have on the page and it isn't good enough?
Or, worse yet…