“It’s impossible, said pride, it’s risky, said experience, it’s pointless, said reason, give it a try, whispered the heart.” ~unknown
We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
**Hands trembling, heart pounding, I inhale and my breath hitches.** I joined Weekend Writing Warriors for the first time on August 24, 2014.
Lord, give me courage and confidence!
It is the first Wednesday of the month again. It is time for Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop hosted byNinja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh IWSG and his co-hosts, Laura at My Baffling Brain, mark Koopmans, Shah Wharton, and Sheena-Kay Graham. Join the fun, stop and encourage and support other writers. Let the fun begin.
Something inside of me is freaking out. I received such a positive response from the Weekend Writing Warrior Blog Hop, that it scared me. What if I can’t write the story in such a way to deliver the promise of those 8 sentences? What if I can’t finish it? What if I can’t get it ready in book form for sale?
Performance anxiety, and it scares me. I have always written for the love of writing, but now I want to write for publication. What if I can’t do it? What if no one likes it? What if I lose courage? What if the story is a horrible mess?
I started this blog because everyone told me, start building your writing platform, while you are still writing the book. OMG, what am I doing?
Okay, deep breath, calm down, I am still writing for the love of the story. Have courage. I am in deep love and admiration of the craft, the intelligence and strategy behind it. What if I don’t have what it takes to produce a professional and worthwhile story?
My mind keeps circling around the fact, that playing at writing and getting serious about writing are not the same. It is a game changer. Why does that mind switch have to scare me so much? Why do I worry it to death, when it is a useless waste of energy and time?
Stage Fright! I have suffered from it all my life. I am deer in the headlight. It is okay in a group or with a partner, but stand me alone, and I get stage fright. I am not out to get famous or rich. I prefer to avoid the first, while the latter would be a nice perk, but not likely to happen.
I just want to write a good story that others will enjoy, have fun reading and maybe, make them smile with the memory. Anything more than that is just a perk. No big deal, right? Nothing to get all worked up about. Now if the other me, would just listen.
“Benjamin Mee: You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it. “~
~Quote from “We Bought A Zoo” Matt Damon’s character.
MORE INSPIRING QUOTES OF COURAGE.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. ” ~Steve Jobs
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”~ Eleanor Roosevelt
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~Walt Disney
“Courage is not, not being afraid. Courage is doing it despite the fear.” ~unknown
FOR WRITERS HERE IS A LIST OF ARTICLES ABOUT WRITING
DANCE OF THE DARK MUSE BY JUNETA KEY
Neil Gaiman 2012 Commencement Speech “Make Good Art”