Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Being Braver

Recently I realized that hanging out with other writers—all in different stages of the quest for publication—makes me feel braver than I really am. Or than I think I am. Or something.

Associating with like-minded people builds my strength and confidence, before I even realize I need it.

It’s kind of like when you and your spouse—or best friend or a family member or whatever—eat dinner at a new and exciting restaurant. Or when you decide to visit a new vacation destination. Or when you attempt to learn a new skill. Having the support of someone else who is sharing a similar experience gives you a boost in confidence, or courage, or…something. Anyway, you find yourself doing things you never would have believed yourself capable, or brave enough to do.

Have you found this to be true in life? What new brave things have you tried lately? Discuss.


Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

Oh, wow, yes, I know exactly what you're talking about. Self-publishing my book has been one of the scariest things I've ever done, and there are still days where I'm wondering what I'm doing! But I have other friends who are going a similar path for various reasons, and it definitely helps build my courage to see their success.

Angie said...

Being a writer does take a lot of courage. I think I need to try something outside the comfort zone here soon.

Mary Campbell said...

gathering with you all helped me to feel braver too. I'm writing again.

Tristi Pinkston said...

I think that's why God brings friends into our lives, to help us have the strength to do the things we need to do or want to do for our learning and progression.