I belong to a local writer’s group here in Grand Rapids, MI, called The Guild. We’re not part of Jerry Jenkins’ nationally recognized Guild. We’re just a handful of writing sisters who are knit together at the heart and soul.
Almost every day you’ll find us encouraging one another online about our lives and our writing. This morning we all dumped out our fears and asked each other to pray and pray big.
I confessed my fear of tackling a new genre: historical fiction. Another Guilder mentioned fear of a character not revealing himself. Someone else mentioned fear that the work they’d invested in a big story wouldn’t pan out. The list continued as we dumped out new fears and old. Some that had stalked us for years.
Then a voice arose from within our group and cast out her wisdom for the day–the voice of award-winning historical fiction author Tracy Groot. Be blessed, friends. It would just be wrong for me not to share some of these pearls with you once in a while.
“One thing I think may help us all is action. It doesn’t really matter what we do, as long as it has to do with the project. Open the laptop and get started.
“‘Bum glue’ is what one famous writer told another when he was asked his secret to productivity.
“Yesterday I told my fear about my character not revealing himself to [my husband] Jack. I wanted to model this character on a few characters I love from other works I’d read or movies I’d seen. But I didn’t like my character yet.
“’Well, what is it you like about those characters,’ Jack asked me?
“When I hesitated, he said, ‘They’re loveable, right, despite their idiosyncrasies? Make your character lovable.
“Bam. There it was. All because I talked about my fear to Jack. And yesterday I had a pretty good writing day. I put the name ‘Loveable’ on my character and he came alive. I wrote almost a thousand words, which is a pretty good writing day for me.”
Thank you for the wisdom, Tracy Groot.
Are you struggling with fear as a writer?
1. Name your fear. (Be sure to name it to someone who will understand.)
2. Get in the chair.
3. Apply bum glue.
4. Be willing to write junk (one of my mother’s favorite “special” words during her Alzheimer’s years. I will not share the others.)
“Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.” –Benjamin Disraeli.
You can do whatever God has called you to do. Just keep moving, and you’ll figure it out on the run. (Thanks, Trace.)
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You can find Christy Award-winning author Tracy Groot at www.TracyGroot.com.
Join the Guild for their next Breathe Christian Writer’s Conference this coming October.