Just like the rest of us, she is frightened.
Writing is scary stuff. Let's list a few of the things that scare her.
- Rejection by publishers.
- Rejection by agents.
- Rejection by friends and family.
- The possibility that you really DO suck.
- The possibility that you might learn something about yourself that you didn't want to know. (I was pretty surprised that I wrote vampire stories. I wanted to write screw-ball comedies).
- Bad reviews.
- Good reviews.
- Not getting published which leads to...
- Feeling like you've wasted your time.
- Not making money.
I have no easy answers about how to not be afraid. In fact, these fears are important. You have to look at them and say, "Well. What if I do suck? What if my work does gets rejected from now until the end of time?"
The payoff might not be worth the pain. If so, then congratulate yourself, and realize that there are many other dreams waiting for you! Maybe you will find fulfillment in improv comedy or Linux open-source work.
Make your fears work for you.