There’s a sign near my computer that says:
So, that’s what I’m off doing today, tomorrow, this week, and hopefully the weeks to come.
Trying not to be a coward, that is.
You see, a couple of weeks ago a new story idea came to me. At first, I tried to ignore it because it’s not like anything I’ve written before. It’s a little darker. It requires a lot of research. It’s for a slightly older audience. And the thought of starting it, well, seemed overwhelming.
I jotted down some notes, shoved them into my “ideas folder,” and continued on my light-hearted, humorous, middle-grade way.
But the idea wouldn’t let go.
This weekend, I finally gave in. I wrote 832 words in the first half hour, and 1,232 in the next. And on and on. I could barely type fast enough to keep up with the narrator in my head.
Who knows where this story will lead? Likely it will trap me in some dead-end corner where it robs me of both time and sanity (and possibly the five bucks in my wallet), but I’m going to follow for as long as I can.
I’m sharing my sign with you today, because like that be-dazzled chicken-liver of a Cowardly Lion knew, everyone could do with an extra dollop of pluck and nerve to get through their days.
For writing, yes.
But also for parenting.
That job at the office.
For mending relationships.
And breaking them.
For standing in line.
And charging through.
For crossing things off of your bucket list.
Your to-do list.
And surviving a weekend trip to Walmart.
Deep breath. Chin up. Sit down, get out, go to…and do whatever it is you need to do.
Because you’re not a coward.
Do you have any helpful quotes/mantras/reminders displayed at your home or office?
This post was part of Get Inspired Monday! — a series created to help you dig into your week and find inspiration in unexpected places.
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