What are you afraid of?

For me, it’s these critters…

Palmetto bugs!  Even this picture gives me the eebeejeebies!  I guess that makes me entomophobic.

They’re nasty, they’re big.  they have hairy legs.  They fly, they crunch and spew yellow belly juice when you step on them.  They literally terrify me to the point of tears even though I can kill them very easily.  I’ve even incorporated that fear into one of my main characters in a story I’m working on, and it’s been a challenge to address and face my own fears through him.

So what are you afraid of?  If you’re a writer, do you tap into your own fears when you write your characters and settings? I would love to hear your thoughts.

13 thoughts on “What are you afraid of?

  1. Bugs are not friends of mine, either. The bigger they are the more they gross me out! Since I don’t write horror, I wouldn’t want to to into that internal fear. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it!


  2. OMG, Amy! I would totally freak out if I saw either one of these creatures. They’re gigantic! I felt an anxiety attack coming on just looking at pictures of them. *shakes arms frantically* Ewwwww.


  3. Just looking at the picture, creeped me out!! I am not of fan either…I use to live in Macon where they were a common occurrence…I am very glad that is not the case anymore in CO but I hate earwig bugs…they bother me more than any bug.


    1. Yeah, earwigs are nasty. Everytime I see one, I’m reminded of the scene in the Wrath of Khan when Kahn puts that big earwig like creature in Chekov’s ear. Ewwwwwwww! *shiver*


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