Monday, April 4, 2016

Be Bold: A-Z Challenge

My themes for this year’s A-Z challenge are writing, the writer’s life, and living in the creative flow.

Be brave in your endeavors. Be bold.

Robert Frost said, “Freedom lies in being bold.”

Decide on what you want, and then, go after it. This is a good place to start, but generally it’s not enough. When the questions get asked, and they do, “Who wants this? Who will try? Who believes this is for them?” Believe you are good enough, and then raise your hand.

I speak with both established and burgeoning writers all the time. One of the biggest shifts I see happen along that path of “becoming” a writer is the bold self-belief that you already are one. No one will tell you that you have arrived—you must recognize and own your place and space in this world.

Give yourself the appropriate label and don’t second guess yourself.

That’s not to say that people won’t doubt and judge you. Of course they will. But know that the people who lay the most judgment upon you for daring to go after and get what you want are often more upset with themselves for lacking the bold drive necessary to stand up and raise their own hand.

It pains them tremendously to witness you strive, usually for something they want for themselves, while they sit and watch you go.

Their judgment means nothing to you.  

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