Re: If you're not scared, you're not doing it right?
I don't really understand why being scared is being tied into being necessary for writing.
For me it's all about: enthusiam and drive, having fun and being happy, being fresh and alert. They're key for writing, I think, and they're all positive. It's about setting up a momentum or buzz I suppose, which adrenalin-wise may relate to being 'scared'.
Oh and constant striving for perfection and self-improvement helps a lot.
Of course there are down days, but it's more frustration and dissappointment (with myself).
Springs, 1971 is an important year for me too, existence-wise, so don't worry. I hear that now the forties are the new thirties. Or at least I'll keep saying that till I hit 50 and then that'll be the new forties or something like that. (Or thirties if I'm remarkably well preserved...)