Definition of Courage: the strength of character; will power; daring; fortitude.
When I first noticed the kernel of thinking about writing stirring in my chest, I felt unqualified compared to others. I had never taken any journalism or creative writing classes. But my biggest obstacle: I didn’t have any courage.
Yes, me. I was afraid. I was scared of criticism. Criticism can grind into one’s bone marrow and block someone from moving forward.
Criticism can paralyze.
Criticism implies failure.
I wrote essays and papers in school. Over the years, I contributed, edited, and produced three newsletters for various groups. I read tons and tons of books. Was that enough to qualify for writing?
The only way to know for sure is to try. Flex fingers. Bumper in chair. Type.
I had to dig deep down into the soles of my shoes for the courage to ask a friend to read what I had written. I suspected when she said, “keep going,” she was kind. I appreciated that. Her two words caused me to run with it.
Not long ago, I read or heard failing wasn’t so bad. We learn from failures. I never looked at failing that way before.
When I did begin writing, I knew I had a lot to learn and was willing to put in the time to do so. In fact, there is always MORE to learn about everything. Everything in publishing has turned topsy turvy since I began. But the basics of writing a good, compelling, page-turner are still there.
The most significant contribution to overcoming failure was finding a tribe(s). I have met so many other aspiring writers who began the same journey with the same insecurities. Together, we have grown. I am thankful every day for these people in my life.
My writing journey has given me wings. I have done things that I never thought I would do. I’ve published about forty short stories and essays and three romantic comedy mysteries. I just wish
So what held me back? Why did I lack courage? Just me, myself, and I. I stood in the way of myself.
Have you done that?
So where has courage led me?
Great job. What man? And murder. Newly employed at Wedding Wonderland, Hattie Cooks is learning the industry from a woman she greatly admires. When her former brother-in-law is found dead in his luxury SUV, all fingers point to Hattie’s sister, who is planning her own I Dos.
Detective Allan Wellborn is caught between a rock and a hard place—Hattie’s family and investigating the murder of a well-connected Sommerville resident, the same loser who was once married to Hattie’s sister. Determining who’s the bad guy—or gal—isn’t going to be easy and sure to piss off someone.
Can Hattie beat the clock to find out who murdered Tracey’s ex before she is charged with the crime and her wedding is ruined?
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