There was something I’d wanted to write for months.
It buzzed in back of my brain like a mosquito that wouldn’t go away.
I didn’t have time, though. It was summer. My kids were home full-time, so any possibility of writing during the day wouldn’t happen.
Plus, I wanted to get away to create and needed mental space to do so. I kept picturing myself typing away in a beautiful log cabin somewhere, overlooking the mountains.
Nix that idea. Too expensive and the family somehow couldn’t manage without me. (I never asked, but assumed that would be their response).
Those were all excuses. When I got honest with myself, the only thing stopping me was…
Yep, one more time, good ol’ fashioned Fear was kicking my arse. It was masked as procrastination, but it was still Fear.
Since this idea first took flight, I already knew the title:
It’s a metaphor for the vulnerability it takes to write (not X-rated porn). Still, endless questions haunted me:
What if nobody reads it?
What is nobody likes it?
What if everyone HATES it so much that I’m RUINED?!
Just Do It
One Sunday afternoon, I found myself home alone (a delicious rarity with one husband, two teenagers and their oodles of friends). Nobody would be at Casa McKay for four full hours.
It wasn’t the best of circumstances, but it was all I had.
At that point, I didn’t care. I was sick of resisting the call to write and would at least start the X@#% piece!
Sitting down, the words flooded from me. They’d been building for so long I could hardly type fast enough to keep up with my thoughts.
I finally wrote Writing Naked (but, I wasn’t naked when I wrote it).
From start to finish, the eBook took me a total of 13 days to write and publish. Granted, we’re talking about a short eBook and not a novel, but that’s not the point.
The process reminded me of the importance of taking creative risks, both in our writing and in our lives. It always strengthens us. So, cook that new recipe. Cut your hair a different way. Read a book not from your usual genre.
3 Reasons to Take Creative Risks
1. The Perfect Time to Write Will Never Come Along – You know, when your kids are older. When you have enough money to quit your job and write full time. When the very best idea comes along.
Start now, even if all you have is 15 minutes per day. It will energize you!
2. Builds Self-Confidence – I’ve got my mojo back for the first time since I lost my literary agent in September 2013. That’s not much time overall, but months and months of pain still hurt. I hate pain. I try to avoid it at all costs.
I’m back, baby, and that feels good.
3. The Outcome Doesn’t Matter – Yeah, that’s easy for me to say since Writing Naked is making its way around the world (seriously, over 200 people downloaded it in 11 days from the U.S., Algeria, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Kingdom and more).
We’re becoming Mudpie International!
The point is I felt like a rock star, and my confidence has renewed.
The fact that I helped one other person told me I was honoring my gift as writer:
“No words can describe the inspiration and hope your eBook has given to me… I went back to my own blog and found an entry from almost a year ago… fear was definite factor on not posting… I have zero FEAR…posted it…and wrote another one…so thank you Marcy!”
Each time you stare at that blank page or computer screen and write, you’re a winner.
Each time you enter a contest, you’re a winner.
Each time you query an agent or editor, you’re a winner.
When you risk yourself creatively, it strengthens yours skills as a writer, and as a person.
No matter what.