One Scary Thing

A Pen In Each Hand

By Beaver

What are you afraid of? What’s holding you back? Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to do one scary thing. Just one. It doesn’t need to be a big thing. In fact, it’s better if it isn’t because one of the ways we self-sabotage is by biting off more than we can chew. Take a small bite:

Write about that topic you’ve been avoiding. Enter a contest. Start a blog. Ask a favorite writer a question on Twitter. Tell your family they need to respect your writing time. Find another place to submit that story that’s been rejected nine times (but you secretly still think is good). Sign up for a class. Invest in that writing software you’ve been thinking about getting “one day.”

Reward yourself for accomplishing your goal—and then pick a new scary thing to do. Keep moving toward your writing goals, one scary thing at a time.

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