I am feeling the hashtags friends!
I believe that there are some universal truths that can’t be reinforced enough to human beings. One of these things is hope. I have hope, lots of it. I have hope in the love of Christ, in my family, in my ability to beat the pain of fibromyalgia I also have hope in my writing. Maybe it is my writing that gives me hope. Either way, I have hope. #makeitmatterMonday was awesome and now I deem it #takeitonTuesday. Today is about taking on the fears we allow to steal our hope. Oh boy, hey howdy this is going to be a get in her head kind of post.
When I say “take it on,” I’m saying it’s time to face the fears that I believe most writers have. I am going to discuss three of the lies we tell ourselves and try to expose those lies and meet my fears head on and take them on, once and for all.
Fear: My writing isn’t good enough.
LIE: This is rooted in self-esteem. What you are really saying is, “I am not good enough!” This is a lie. You are good enough. Kick that lie in the tookus. The thing about writing is there will be people that love your arrangement of words and some that will hate it. That doesn’t mean you or your writing isn’t good enough, it simply means God made a lot of different people a lot of different ways and you just need to find an audience.
Fear: I’m not talented enough to write a book.
LIE: I have read and fully support and agree with the wickedly successful authors that say most of the craft of writing is learning to write and you don’t need “talent” to write. If you are blessed by the pen of God to have a talent for it, great. If not, that doesn’t mean you can’t do it, it really means you are not willing to put in the work to make it happen.
Fear: My story isn’t original.
LIE: All stories, unless you plagiarize someone else’s work, are original. Your characters tell a story from their point of view. That is what can make it original. Some say there are as few as four to twenty plot lines one can write. I have not been able to confirm this as absolute truth, of course, I have not tried. Here is the thing, there are very few “original stories” there are, however, original characters, settings, and experiences that only you can bring to the page. Get to know your characters and where their story takes place and then write what they show you.
The question is on this #takeitonTuesday, are you willing to take on these lies and move past the fear to be a writer? If so, go write. That’s what I am going to do today!