FAITH, NOT FEAR. This is my new motto. For too long I’ve allowed my own lack of confidence in my writing abilities to hold me back. Fear, and I will call it by its name, has caused me to miss opportunities and drop a lot of balls. Maybe I would be published by now if I had not allowed fear to rule my decision making.

At the 2013 RWA ® National Conference in Atlanta, Cathy Maxwell shared a story about a young artist who never signed his paintings because he didn’t think they were good enough. This spoke to me.  How many times have I hesitated to submit my work because I doubted myself? How many times did I fail to follow up on a ‘good’ rejection letter or a call for submissions because I was afraid to fail? No more.

It’s time to be fearless, to put myself out there, confident that I am a good writer and that my work is good enough. I’m taking chances without fear. Rejection will not stop me. I will continue to submit, revise, and repeat until my dream comes true. What about you?

Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1

15 Responses to “Faith, Not Fear”

  1. Charlee says:

    So glad you’ve decided to be fearless! Cheering you on!

  2. jan says:

    Thanks, Charlee! I appreciate the cheers. =)

  3. B Irwin says:

    Good choice! There’s a point where you have to take the leap. Over & over again until you learn to fly!

  4. jan says:

    Thanks, Beth. You all inspire me. Only other writers understand.

  5. Leigh says:

    What an inspiring post! You will definitely succeed with this fearless attitude.

  6. jan says:

    Thanks, Leigh. I am determined.

  7. Dee Gatrell says:

    Thanks for that pep talk. A lot of us need to get rid of fear. I know you are a good writer. Keeping fingers crossed for you to sell soon!

  8. Ruth Owen says:

    Good for you! I’m so glad, because I love your writing. Fear paralyzes me, too. When I sit down at the keyboard, I actually tell it out loud to go away. It works, though it never seems to work with the cat sitting on my keyboard.

  9. Heather Ashby says:

    Jan, I understand fear is the opposite of faith (or trust) so this is so true. So keep the faith and Write On! Excellent post.

  10. Carla says:

    Great post, Jan. I battle the fear monster too. Keep up the fearless attitude. We are all here cheering you on.

  11. Lorna says:


    Your words are so true. Thanks for your inspiration. I know this is going to be your year!

  12. T. Elliott Brown says:

    So true, Jan. You’re not alone in this struggle with fear. Power on!

  13. Jan Jackson says:

    Thanks everyone for the supportive comments. We have to be there for each other on this journey and I appreciate you all so much.

  14. Jenna says:

    You greatest fear will hold back your greatest desire. We only have one shot at life and being fearless is the way to go! Very inspiring and a great attitude to have. You got this!!

  15. jan says:

    Trying to keep the positive attitude, Thanks for the support, Jenna.

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