On The Other Side of Fear

Yeah, I’m late to see THIS VIDEO. I don’t care.

If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, the final thought was –

“On the other side of your maximum fear, are the best things in life.”

And I’ve been thinking about how this pertains to writing. And how so many of us writers, somewhere along the line, forget why we’re writing. Forget the stories we were DYING to tell when we first sat down to tell stories. Forget the stories we love, treasure, and re-read. We abandon those ideas/loves/stories for the ideas that come easier, that sell easier, that edit easier… The ideas that help us feel safe in the world we’ve built around ourselves – both our “real” world and our writerly world.

Why do we hold back?

One of my favorite quotes, and yes, I use it a lot:

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I’ve talked to so many people who are saving that precious idea, or waiting to write what they REALLY want until they have their foot in the door.

Why do we do this? We’re putting a foot through the wrong door.

I admire people who know their skills aren’t honed enough to tackle a project, and step back and work on their craft, but why do we stay there? And on the opposite side of the coin, if we do step back and fall in love with something unexpected, why do we feel we’ve let ourselves down? Finding an unexpected niche is something to be enjoyed, not something to move past because when you started, you thought you wanted something different.

EMBRACE the unexpected paths, JUMP into the things you’re dying to do, and NEVER apologize for what you love.

But if you’re holding back, or holding on to a character or a situation or a story that you wonder if you can do… Take a moment and imagine the satisfaction of finally writing the thing you’ve wanted to write for years. Of finally jumping in and telling the story you thought would be too hard to tell.

We will never know what we’re capable of until we let go of that ledge.

Fly my pretties, fly…

Happy Writing

~ Jo

 

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