Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Fear and abundant life.



You fear your story not coming out the way you want it to, so you play around with fan fiction instead.

You fear that all the hard work of writing a complete book won't ever pay off, so continue to play around with the idea. You brainstorm, you make maps, you hunt Pinterest for pictures. But you rarely write.

You fear what people will think about That Hard Topic you're itching to write about. So you write a different book instead.

You fear the rejection and the waiting that inevitably come with looking for a literary agent. So you don't query.

You fear that it'll never happen for you, that no publisher will ever say, "We want you," so you choose to self-publish instead.

There's nothing wrong with writing fan fiction, making maps, considering a reader's feelings, holding off on querying, or self-publishing. But don't make those choices out of fear or impatience. Not when doing so means you risk losing the reward that comes from buckling down to do the hard work of writing.

18 comments:

  1. Thank you for this, Ms. Stephanie! I have a tendency to start a bunch of stuff and never finish it.... one day I know I have to.

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    1. I have the same tendency! Better to start and not finish then never to start at all, I say.

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  2. Great post! I'm kind of ashamed to say I do these things way too often...

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  3. Hmm... Some of this sounds like my every day, especially the maps part. ;-)
    Thanks, Steph. Today I will DO. I will live the abundant life. I will buckle down and write.

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    1. I've found myself doing it more as I write my historical. It's hard sometimes to determine when I'm actually being productive with research and when I'm allowing myself to linger...

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  4. I needed to hear this! Thanks for sharing! =)

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  5. Yep! This is so me! Thanks, Mrs. Morrill!!!

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  6. Well. I really, really needed this, especially today. Thank you very much. <3 I believe I can start that next novel now. Thank you.

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  7. My mom loves Beth Moore :) Thanks for the quote!

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    1. I know - I'm letting my mom flag fly with this one :)

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  8. Amen. This was SUCH a blessing to read. Thank you. <3

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  9. Love your blog. Excellent advice!
    Thank you
    G.V. Steitz

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