Imagine both of us sitting in a bookstore with the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz. He recites his speech on courage from the movie (read it at https://bit.ly/2v5MjFF), , then turns to us and asks, “What makes a writer write?” then boldly replies, “Courage!”
Do a dive into the word courage, and make your own definition for the phrase “writer’s courage.” I came up with this: writer’s courage is the ability, strength, and determination to show up every single day, despite uncertainty (will I be published), despite the million and two other things shouting for attention (laundry, take the dog on a walk, eat a chocolate cake), despite the million and two other things that need doing, and write.
The act of putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) remains the greatest joy and nemesis of all writers. Some days, we fight just to get our butts in the chair and keep them there. Some days, we can’t imagine being anywhere, doing anything else. So much hard work and pain (like editing) goes into every word on every page. It takes courage to show up every day, courage to write our imaginations and our heart.
In her 2007 book I Thought It Was Just Me, author Brené Brown reveals the root word of courage is cor, which means heart ( read the quote at https://bit.ly/2Gfb1sr). Brown encourages her readers to be courageous, to tell our truth. For writers, we do all that through writing.
So write, dear writer. Be brave. Tell your story. And the next one. And the one after that. Be gutsy. Write!
Happy writing… ~T
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