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Six-Word Saturday Meme #48

Posted on: November 15, 2014


I’m scared to share my stories!

For the past few years, I have stayed safe and comfortable with my writing. Four years into blogging, I can now output a review in about an hour. At least on the good days. I also rarely ask my husband anymore to critique my posts.

Articles are somewhat different. It does takes me a few hours to research. Then I have to figure out my slant. After that, I have to write the darn thing! Still, two years into writing articles for volunteer organizations, I don’t hesitate about offering to write one.

Yet earlier this week, I found myself telling my husband, “I’m scared to share my writing!” Why? When the students in my after school writing club all decided to write a scary story, I agreed to challenge myself by trying my hand at one too.

Outlining the plot for my story wasn’t so bad. Actually, I felt kind of excited…. until the moment to write came. I hated every word I put on the page.

The problem is I haven’t shared enough of my fiction to know how others will react. I know there are readers who like my blog. And I know there are readers who like my articles. But I don’t know if I will ever have readers who like my stories. And so I’m terrified. Yet I’m going to require my students to share their work, I have to be also willing to take that step.

That’s been the highlight of my week. What about you?


10 Responses to "Six-Word Saturday Meme #48"

Give it your best shot! I am working on memoirs through my blog. I had to start somewhere.

All the best with your memoirs! A blog is a good place to start. It gives you an immediate audience and encourages discipline.

Currently attempting to overcome sloth and reluctance, which have resulted in a dearth of active submissions. Got out a few pieces this past week & am determined to keep at least half a dozen in the pipeline at all times.

Good for you! I hope to hear of some success stories.

Go for it. What’s the worst that can happen?

One fear is that my students will think I’m the worst writing teacher ever. My husband says that I need to remember that I’m modeling the whole process for them, including revision.

I say share away! We’re here at the ready!

When I work on my story again, I might have to do that old trick of thinking about one student who might like my story. 🙂

The more you share your fiction, the easier it will get. 🙂 My week’s highlight was coffee after work with two friends I hadn’t had the chance to chat with for a while.

A good highlight! Seeing old friends is always a treat.

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Summer Reviews

Books can take connect us with strangers, take us to unique places, and introduce us to new ideas. They can also offer hope in a chaotic world. And so I must share what I read!

Each week, I’ll introduce you to religious books, Advanced Reader Copies, animal books, or diversity books. Some I’ll review as singles and others as part of round-ups. Just ahead, there will be reviews of:

  • Joni: The unforgettable story of a young woman’s struggle against quadriplegia & depression by Joni Eareckson
  • The True Story of the World’s Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary by Samantha Glen
  • Brothers in hope : the story of the Lost Boys of Sudan–refugees by Mary Williams
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