Archive for the ‘Courage’ Category

“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.” ― Virginia Woolf

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Day #22. I am a great believer in action. But sometimes I do too much. Sometimes I push & strive when what’s really needed is a little time to let thoughts percolate, to let the fruit of a story ripen before being picked. And, remember too, that you don’t need to add metaphorical glitter & bows in order to shine because you think what you’re doing isn’t enough. Readers love writing when the heart that created it resonates with their own. You don’t need to dress up your heart. Simply express yourself. This is all you can do. Trust that this is enough.

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.’ ― Sylvia Plath

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Day #18. In my early 20s I was so plagued by self doubt I couldn’t write more than a paragraph a year, and that’s only a slight exaggeration. I thought, in light of Shakespeare et al., was the point of my writing at all?

But self doubt is second-guessing the outside world. It’s assuming that you have to be better and/or different in order to succeed. But you don’t have to be Shakespeare or Mozart or Meryl Streep in order to find your niche in the world. And, since you really have no idea if people will respond positively or not to what you have to offer, you may as well assume that they will & get on with it!

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” ― Georgia O’Keeffe

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Day #7. I once thought successful people weren’t scared. I thought they achieved greatness because they were far braver than me. I thought they had special reserves of fire I’d never have. I watched enviously, wondering how they were so blessed with courage & why wasn’t I? Then I met a few & found out I was wrong. These people weren’t without fear, they simply didn’t let it stop them. And this, of course, is very the definition of courage: to be scared & not let it stop you.