Tag Archive | fear

Don‘t Let Fear Hold You Back

Don‘t Let Fear Hold You Back

Guest Blogger: Laurie Lucking On the outside, my journey to publication looks relatively straightforward. My first manuscript, begun five and a half years ago, garnered many rejections until I decided to set it aside. But my second story, Common, was only rejected once or twice before finding a publishing home. I never had a contract […]

My Biggest Fear

My Biggest Fear

Two weeks ago we made plans for Fall Break. My husband had a business trip in Parker, Arizona so we decided to go to Las Vegas. It’s not my favorite location for a family vacation, but there are some things about the city we all really enjoy and some activities we wanted to do. My […]

How I Overcame Fear and Wrote a Zombie Novel

How I Overcame Fear and Wrote a Zombie Novel

Guest Blogger: Michele Israel Harper I hate zombies. So I decided to write a zombie book. Of course. Candace Marshall and I may not be a whole lot alike, but we share one thing glaringly in common. We both hate zombies. Thankfully, I wrote her, and thankfully, she has to deal with the zombies, not […]

Paralyzed

Paralyzed

I couldn’t sleep last night. I knew I had to be up at five-thirty for work but I just couldn’t sleep. Anxiety overwhelmed me to the point of panic. I had so much work to do on my book before sending it off to the editor, before pitching it at the conference. I had so […]

The Dilemma of the Self-Rescuing Princess

The Dilemma of the Self-Rescuing Princess

Many of our favorite stories revolve around a woman being rescued by a man. Luke liberates Princess Leia from the Death Star. Prince Phillip awakens Princess Aurora. Link rescues Princess Zelda from … well, lots of stuff. We love these stories. Disney’s version of Sleeping Beauty is one of my all-time favorite movies, although if […]

A Calling

A Calling

“I don’t see why writing fiction is really important. It’s just secular entertainment.” I didn’t respond to my friend’s words but inside I felt guilty. Maybe he was right. Maybe I should be more focused on winning people for Christ and less focused on writing fiction. Would my stories mean anything in the eternal scheme […]

Afraid to Begin

Afraid to Begin

You know what you need to do. I sigh and continue scrolling down the page on my laptop. I’m getting pretty good at ignoring my conscience, at least when it comes to my WIP. You are wasting precious time. I groan. My conscience isn’t letting up. I look across the room. My manuscript is sitting […]