How to Believe that Your Story Matters

Why would anyone read this?

There is someone out there who needs this exact story.

It’s not very interesting.

It’s interesting enough that you feel compelled to write it.

But who am I to think I can write this? I’m nobody.

You are somebody with a story to tell. That’s who you are.

It is too hard to get started.

All you need is a plan. Decide what you are going to work on and when, then get to work.

I’m not sure what to work on first.

There are no wrong decisions.

I can’t make myself sit down to write.

That sounds a little aggressive. Try inviting yourself to sit down to write instead.

I’ll never get it published.

The only reason it won’t get published is that it’s not written. Once it’s written, there are endless publishing opportunities.

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There are so many things that we tell ourselves, each of which keeps us from moving in the direction of our writing goals.

But what we have to remember is that these thoughts are NOT FACTS. They are thoughts that our brain is generating because we are scared.

Scared of failing, of rejection, of vulnerability, of [fill in the blank].

People who skydive sit in the plane terrified.

And then they have a choice.

They can jump, and experience the exhilaration they have signed up for

OR

They can return home in the plane, never knowing what might have been.

Which one are you going to choose?

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Fear is a perfectly normal part of the human experience, one to which we all relate! Come over to the {extra}ordinary stories Facebook community and tell us what your fear is telling you. We can all support and encourage one another.

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Stop wondering what to work on and where to start, and start making real progress toward a finished piece of writing.

Take one sitting to plan what you will do – and when – and your first draft is as good as done!

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