Category Archives: Encouragement

Are You a Courageous Writer?


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One of my favorite things about freelancing is the variety of project assignments I receive. Some, like 100 Extraordinary Stories for Courageous Girls—Unforgettable Tales of Women of Faith, require that I dig deep in research. I love the digging because I discover a trail of gems along the way.

While sifting through courageous acts of  women missionaries, martyrs and saints, I also unearthed thoughts about courage penned by well-known authors. I saved some to share with you:

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”
― William Faulkner

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
― Maya Angelou

“Courage is found in unlikely places.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Courage is grace under pressure.”
― Ernest Hemingway

1d99af9a1e14ac6813b421a6fdaceaee.jpg“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

When I asked for your help, you answered my prayer and gave me courage.
— King David, the bible, Psalm 138:3 (CEV)

“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.”
― Victor Hugo

Maybe you’ve lacked courage lately to work toward your writing goals. You’re not alone. Every famous author faced doubt and questioned whether or not to give up on his or her dream. BUT—each dug deep and found courage to go on—

It led to SUCCESS!

Think about what it takes to have courage. Then apply that to your writing.


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Five Rejected Books that Survived and Thrived

Thoughts of Labor Day merge with the idea that writing is hard work. Some writers found rejection too hard to handle and quit. Others kept going, believing in their talent. Thank goodness they did; otherwise we might have missed these stories that not only survived, but thrived:


carrie-book-cover-650x1024Stephen King had his first book Carrie rejected 30 times until Doubleday offered him a $2500 advance. Carrie launched King’s career and, like many of his novels, it was made into a feature film.


Have you seen the film “The Help” based on Kathryn Stockett’s book?  Before it became the popular film that movie goers flocked to see, The Help received 60 rejections. After Amy Einhorn Books bought it, Stockett’s novel made the New York Times bestseller list, stayed there for 100 weeks and, so far, has sold over 7million copies.

mashWhen you hear the word “MASH” you likely associate it with the popular television series. The original M*A*S*H, the book written by Richard Hooker, was rejected 21 times. Finally, after many revisions and help from journalist W.C. Heinz, Hooker’s book was published, and four years later MASH showed up on TV screens all across America—the rest is history.


Another languishing manuscript that became famous is the bestselling science fiction novel, Dune. Frank Herbert‘s story received 23 rejections before Chilton Books (a company best known for publishing automotive manuals) picked it up. Dune has sold more than 20 million copies, won numerous literary awards and, of course, made it to the big screen.

wrinkleMadeleine L’Engle‘s A Wrinkle in Time was turned down by 26 publishers who decided the story was too deep for young readers. Farrar, Straus & Giroux finally published the story as a young adult novel, not certain if it belonged there or as a book for adults. Not to worry, both children and adults loved the book! Since then, more than 10 million copies have sold. A Wrinkle in Time won the coveted Newbery Medal and most recently the story was released as a feature film starring Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon.

So, on this Labor Day when your thoughts turn to work and a well deserved rest remember this:

Don’t rest too long!
Don’t allow your work in progress languish,
and most important NEVER give up.

Yours might be the next novel to one day make it to the big screen.


I’m taking a couple weeks off from blogging to relax, enjoy the lake and the north woods, and recharge my idea bank. I wish you all a restful Labor Day, and I’ll see you back here soon.


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