Just a short one today.
I originally began a different post, but the more I wrote, the more words it demanded, and on IWSG Day, it’s better to be short and to the point. We’ll save the other for another time.
To tell you the truth, I’m as insecure as the next guy when it comes to putting my work out for scrutiny, but if I’ve done my best and believe in the piece, then I must be willing to take the chance. It may be a flop; it may be a hit, but nobody ever got anywhere without a little risk involved.
One way I overcome the naysayers in my head and out in the world is through music. It inspires. It lifts me up when I’m down. It tells me that all things are possible. It warms me and arms me for the battles ahead.
It gives me a reason to be BRAVE.[youtube.com/watch?v=6V-YInpmMG0]
I discovered Peter Hollens through Facebook and fell in love with his a cappella covers of various hits, including this version of “Brave,” from the Disney movie of the same name. Listen to the lyrics and be inspired.
If you don’t have time to watch, feel free to hit play, then click on the IWSG badge below, and browse the other sites in a new window while the words resound.
Go forth and be brave.
Until next time…
This post was written as a part of Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. We post the first Wednesday of every month and share our solutions to common difficulties, encourage other writers to meet their insecurities head-on, and seek supportive shoulders to tear-stain when we’ve received just one too many rejections. If you’d like to join the group (and we’d love to have you), follow the link to Alex’s site, grab a badge, and put your name on the list. I’ll see you next month!
ML Swift is a writer of Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult fiction, although he dabbles in many genres.
An Alzheimer’s caregiver for the past ten years, he has published several articles on The Alzheimer’s Reading Room, the largest online website catering to that community, and plans to write a novel about his experience in caregiving.
He resides in Florida with his dogs, Rameses and Buster, attempting to reclaim his side of the bed.