Wimpy, wimpy, wimpy...

>> Monday, October 8, 2012

If you've ever struggled with creative fear factor, check out this week's guest, Lynda Schab.

Do you ever feel like a wimp? I do! I feel wimpy whenever I encounter a spider, am meeting someone for the first time, or have to speak in front of an audience.

As a writer, I’ve had plenty of wimpy moments, too. Times when I sweated over hitting the “send” button. When I stressed over what my critique partners would say about my writing. When I have way too many words to write before my deadline. Times when I felt like giving up because it’s just too hard.

Wimpiness is not something I enjoy feeling, and it certainly isn’t something that comes from God. As 1 Timothy 1:7 reminds us, “I have not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.” That means I have the ability to kick that wimp to the curb once and for all!

A couple years ago I taught an interactive workshop at the FaithWriters conference, and titled it WRITING IS NOT FOR WIMPS. Basically I talked about finding the strength to overcome six main obstacles we face as writers. Obstacles like "Lack of Support," "Procrastination," and "Time and Energy. " (Any of those sound familiar?) After the class, I got lots of great feedback, so I've compiled the information into an e-book. My goal in teaching the class, and in writing the e-book, was to not only give you a few tips to overcome the obstacles that get in the way of your passion, but also to encourage you to become the writer God created you to be. If God gave you the talent, He certainly wants you to use it and not let a few hurdles slow you down.

WRITING IS NOT FOR WIMPS is available through the FaithWriters e-book store. It is in PDF form, which means you can read it on your computer or print it out. You can also transfer the file to your Kindle if you’re technically savvy. It's nothing fancy, only 25 pages, but I included a few fun pictures and think it turned out pretty well, and I actually had fun putting it together. Here's an official description: 

"You have a passion to write. But passion alone won’t make you successful. There are plenty of challenges that may frustrate you and tempt you to give up on your passion altogether. Rise up and kick that writing wimp to the curb, and emerge as the strong and successful writer God intended you to be." 

If you do pick up a copy, I'd love your feedback and/or a full review. And if any of you attended that FaithWriters workshop, you'll find this to be a great refresher on what you learned there.

Thanks to Kim for allowing me to share this e-book with you! 

Question for you: What are the biggest obstacles you face as a writer or, if you’re not a writer, at your job? 

Find out more about Lynda.

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