Today is the first Wednesday of the month and time for the IWSG Monthly Blog Hop. Since I can’t seem to get the HTML code to work on my blog, I’ll post a link at the bottom that will take you to the page where the other bloggers’ links are posted. You might want to check out their blogs and the IWSG website. I’m very thankful to this supportive group of authors and writers. It’s amazing to me how some of my favorite authors were not only insecure about their writing but their emotions ran the whole gamut to even hating their writing.
I was going to write about my NaNoWriMo experience today but something happened on the way to my blog. I saw a post. It was one simple sentence by a writer that wanted to write a book about something very important to them.It ended with the writer expressing the fear that the book wouldn’t be good enough. I instantly understood that fear.
I’m currently working on a novel with a very timely social theme. One that I feel so strongly about that it just crushes me. I see it. I feel it. I have to write this story. Then there is the anxiety, the fear that hasn’t stopped me but it hits me out of the blue or out of the darkness. Will it be good enough? Will my writing be good enough?
This story needs to be told. It needs to see the sanitizing light of day. But can I do it justice? This story deserves the best. That can’t possibly be me.
Sometimes we find the answers in the most unexpected places. By taking the time out of what I was going to do, to try to support another writer, I found the answer to my own question.
I told this person what I just expressed here about my own fears but I went on to say that I was going to write this book to the very best of my ability in my unique voice because I had to do it.
The rest of my response went like this:
That is all any of us can do. Do you feel strongly about your story? If you were to only write one book in your lifetime, would this be it? Are you willing to write, rewrite, rewrite and edit this book until it tells the story, the message, you want the world to hear? Even the greatest writers had their doubts. You absolutely can do this if it’s what you truly want to do.
I don’t know what this other writer will do. That’s out of my hands but I know what I’m going to do. Perhaps someone else could get more attention or write it more eloquently but no one has my unique combination of passion and voice.
Sometimes we find our answers in the most surprising places.
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