Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.
Courage is a decision – not a feeling. It looks fear in the eye and decides to move forward anyway. It doesn’t have to be a determined march either. It can be simply putting one foot in front of the other.
Fear paralyzes. We understand the one who becomes “frozen” with a fear of heights. Writers can become frozen, too, and not move forward.
Some fears that can stop a writer:
- Manuscript rejection(s)
- Lack of encouragement
- Comparing yourself to other writers
- Lack of confidence in your voice or craft
- Overly sensitive to critiques
- Lack of freelance employment
The only way to be successful is to keep going no matter how you feel or what your experiences have been. If you give up, how will you know if the very next assignment or query may be your breakthrough?
Writers must learn to believe in themselves when no one else seems to. Chances are you write what you love. Keep going and don’t give up! Someone out there needs to read what you write.
Can you list some fears you may have had and how you dealt with them? Or fears you are currently dealing with?
Kathleen Moulton is a freelance writer and nature lover. She is married, has 8 children, ages 10-28, and has been homeschooling for 25 years. You can find her passion to bring encouragement and hope to people of all ages at “When It Hurts” http://kathleenmoulton.com/
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