Why I’m Writing Fearlessly in 2016

Hey y’all, it’s been two weeks since I last checked in. I had my gallbladder removed and the recovery was bruTAL. Had me looking for a Dr. Kevorkian copycat up in here. But, thankfully, I’m well on the road to recovery now.

Anyway, lately I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about what writing fearlessly means. When I wrote my first novel, I wrote fearlessly but published terrified. When the Real Thing Comes Along was never meant to see the light of day. I wrote it for me, without any intent for anyone to read it other than my sister and a few close friends.

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When I decided to publish I was anxious, to say the least. I figured that everyone would think WTRTCA was about me. So I painstakingly edited it, hoping that I could avoid the inevitable. When it dropped, of course everyone who knows me saw characteristics of me in Jacelynn, the main character, no matter how much I tried to disguise or deny it. That experience taught me some things.

First of all, writing from a place of fear stifles creativity. Anticipating that others will think that everything you write is about you, and allowing that to hinder you, is no way to live. I’ve finally accepted that everything I write is about me, to a certain extent.

When I pour myself into my writing, it touches others. Readers are discerning, and authenticity has a farther reach than any marketing plan. As I continue to write and build my brand, I want to be known for emotional, heart tugging literature. I can’t do that if I’m writing from a place of fear.

My next novel tackles some hard-hitting issues. One of those issues is emotional eating. Do I necessarily want people to know that when I’m stressed out, anything chocolate makes my world okay? Um, no. But I do want anyone who’s struggling with some sort of eating disorder to know that they are not alone; and that there is hope for them.

AnaisStanding in the light of my truth is the only way I can have a hope of guiding someone else into their’s. For me, that’s what it’s all about. My mantra for the last few years has been “Feel the fear, and do it anyway.” That’s what I strive to do every time I sit down to write.

How do you find the courage to write fearlessly? 

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12 thoughts on “Why I’m Writing Fearlessly in 2016

  1. Girl you hit right in my soft spot. I have been saying for years that I want to write a book. Just like you, I don’t anticipate anyone reading except family and close friends. However, I find myself stopping the creative writing because, I think everyone is going to think it’s about me, my marriage or family in general. You have truly inspired me to go beyond those feelings and continue to write my book. Thank You So Much For Your Inspiring Words. God send His angels living amongst us to show us the path and you have done an excellent job with this blog. God will continue to bless you. Glad that you are doing good after your surgery. So very proud of you😍

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    • You already know how much your comments touched me, because I told you so on Facebook! I’m so glad to be an inspiration and I cannot WAIT to read your book. Write on, and write fearlessly.

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  2. Happy recovery to you! That operation does not sound like it was fun! I like these lines your wrote: “As I continue to write and build my brand, I want to be known for emotional, heart tugging literature. I can’t do that if I’m writing from a place of fear.” I have a similar mindset. I want my writing to touch others, but at times I hold back because of fear. Like you said, fear crushes your creativity. I think what helps me to write courageously is to think about how my writing may be relatable to someone else. Often, when I write about grief, I have lots of comments from other folks who have experienced grief. All readers really want to do is connect to the writer. At least, this is something that I have learned.

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    • Yes! You totally get it. Thinking of others who will be helped by my writing does give me the courage to write fearlessly. It helps when you get to the point where you truly understand that it is not all about you. Understanding THAT, takes it to another level. Keep writing from the heart!

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  3. So sorry to hear you had to go through that surgery… We can all do without those tests of physical and mental endurance! And I am so behind you with utterly fearless writing; if I was afraid of how others will react to what my book reveals about me (though most of the dearest people to me have known for years), it simply wouldn’t get written. But the reason it’s important to me that it GETS written and published is because there are so few books out there with a protagonist like mine; I’m writing for that 19 year old version of myself that desperately needed a character like her (and to be honest, I still need her!) I have the greatest respect for you and your courage, Faith; this is indeed going to be a great year for you!

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    • Thanks Sunshine! I’m feeling much better now, but it was test indeed. So glad it’s over!
      I love what you said about writing for that 19 year old girl. Some of my hardest times growing up were overcome with the help of a book. Thank you for that reminder that we don’t know who needs to read what we write, and how much it may impact them.

      I know this is going to be a great year for both of us!

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  4. I’m so sorry to hear that you had to have surgery, but I’m glad that you’re recovering. I HATE hospitals. They’re always poking and prodding at you and never let you sleep! I think you have the right idea about writing going forward. Especially with the emotionally charged fiction that you write; you will definitely have to step out of your comfort zone and write from that place of no fear. Don’t hold back!

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    • Thanks Quanie! I literally thought I was going to die during that first week, and I was like if this pain doesn’t stop, just take me on in Lord. So serious. But I’m feeling great now, and I’m back at work. So for that, I’m grateful.

      You’re so right about stepping out of my comfort zone. I’m finishing the last few chapters of my book this week and it has been draining to go all in and let the characters say and do what they will…but I think it’ll be worth it in the end.

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  5. Hi Faith Simone,
    So glad that your surgery went well and you are on the road to a healthy recovery. One day at a time :). Thank you so much for “Writing Fearless.” You are so right with how fear can stifle creativity! Well put and I can’t wait for your next novel! 🙂 Continue to write in fearlessness sharing with the world your beauty, talent and inspiration!

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