Thursday, March 8, 2012

Take Courage and Forge Ahead


I’ve noticed a tendency in myself and in other writers: fear. But fear is detrimental (not to mention tormenting). Here's what lack of courage does:

** Induces procrastination
** Blocks breakthroughs
** Stops our momentum
** Hinders our dreams

Sometimes we’re afraid of failure. Sometimes we’re terrified of succeeding. So, here’s a question: what do you do when you’re afraid? Do you hold back? Try to reassess the situation?

Is God asking you to take new steps in your writing? Is He asking you to approach your number one choice for an agent or editor? Is He directing you to write about the one thing you promised yourself you’d never write about? How is He challenging you? And what are you doing with that challenge?

Maybe it’s time to let that manuscript or proposal go. You’ve made it as strong as you can make it. You’ve had requests for it. Hand it in.

Maybe it’s time to attend that huge writers’ conference. Look in the mirror, remind yourself you are a serious writer, and go!

Maybe it’s time to join a critique group and have others evaluate your work. Oh, joining a crit group takes courage, but it’ll make your writing better than it’s ever been. Do it!

For me, it’s time to send in a manuscript. Deadline: 3/15. Let’s pray for each other, shall we? It’s going to take courage to do what God is asking us to do, and as writers, we’ll need courage from here on out.
Embrace courage. Take God’s proffered hand. And move boldly in the direction of your dreams*, dear writer!

For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand,
Saying to you, “Fear not, I will help you.”
(Isaiah 41:13 NKJV)

*Love that Thoreau quote: Advance confidently in the direction of your dreams.

6 comments:

  1. Praying for you as you get closer to your deadline, sweet friend!

    My fears are many: How can I make this character stronger or this one more complex? How can I tie up all the subplots without sounding contrived. I'm afraid I'll forget all the information I've learned throughout the year.

    But I will take courage, thank you, for you've reminded me Who is holding my right hand - the one I use to write. :)

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    1. Thanks for the prayers, Angie. That's the key. To remember Who gives us the words. This process is certainly an exercise in humility, isn't it? I met a writer once who used 1 Cor 4:7 as his signature verse--a reminder that everything he had was given to him (to us) by God. A very good reminder. Praying for you too!

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  2. Fear and doubt are creepers, aren't they? Those ugly emotions creep in, try to steal our joy and rob our courage. I'm so thankful that I can stand firm on God's promises: He'll never leave us or give up on us. He's our Refuge and Strength, our Help in times of trouble.

    Go for it, Annette! Praying for you, my friend.

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    1. Thank you, Dora. I know you understand. :) Praying for you too as you go for your dreams!

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  3. Praying for you and that deadline, Annette! God is right there with you as you type your heart away.

    Starting to write a book in a different genre than what I've done before, brings some fears for me ... especially because of a personal deadline I want to meet. Can I do it? I believe I can, but I'll need God's help.

    Fear can be paralyzing, so we need to remember to breathe ... and let go. I'm trying to do that!

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    1. One of the blessings in this writing journey is knowing we're not alone. :) Yay, God for that! Hugs and prayers, Dawn!

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