If there’s a story in your heart, write it.
And write it bravely.
Through my journey of writing, I would often come up with some wild ideas and always thought, “Oh, I could never write that.” For my current WIPs, plot points popped in my head on a constant basis and you know what I would do? I’d laugh, think that would be fun to put in the book, but be too scared to actually write it.
I always kept it safe.
I was scared.
“Is that idea too out there?” “That’s too complicated to sort through.” “Am I really capable of pulling that off?”
These thoughts and fears swirled in my head, pushing me back, keeping me from growing in my journey of writing.
But one day, only about a year or two ago, I asked another question.
Why not throw something wild and crazy and fun in my stories? Why not write that book? Why not divert from the cliché, safe path and make it my own? Make it something interesting and different?
See, I was holding myself back because I was scared. I never wanted to veer from that safe path. But one day I did. One day I decided I’m going to write my books how *I* want them written. And that’s when I finally started making strides in my writing.
Because you can’t write for other people, you can’t be scared, you can’t hold yourself back with doubts and fears, worried that maybe that plot point is a bit too different or that scene only appeals to you.
Write what you love. Write what moves you deeply. Write what you know. Write what you don’t know. What you wonder about. Think about. Feel. Love.
You can’t please everyone. You have to write for yourself. But you know what? That’s when your story really shines. If you pour your heart and soul into your story, it will be the best it can be. If YOU love it OTHERS will love it. So write a story you love. Don’t stay on the safe path. Veer off. Make it yours. You’re an imaginative, creative, unique person. So write those imaginative, creative, unique stories inside you. Never, ever let fear stop you. You can’t move forward if you’re always letting doubt hold you back.
And write bravely.