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Sunday, December 18, 2011


"Writing continues to be a scary proposition for me, as I don't see myself as particularly talented and I wonder how much longer I'l be able to massage novels out of my meager storehouse of gifts. Daily, I show up at the computer, and I hope for the best. But when I'm reading someone's stunning first novel--like Cold Mountain or Ingenious Pain, a British first novel that I'm reading--I think, What am I doing? My God, I am so insignificant a storyteller in comparison with these guys. But then I tell myself that all I can do is my best, telling the story as well as I can, leaving the rest up to God.
Journal of a Novel, February 24, 1998"

The above is taken from Elizabeth George's Write Away and I find it inspiring to know that authors I enjoy and admire could have at some moment felt as inept as I do. Their confidence can feel intimidating, but when they share their own fears or insecurities, I realize we are each of us merely doing the best that we can. And doing our best--being our best--is enough.

As I finish reading Write Away, the last 'teaching' book for now, I prepare to dive fully once more, with as much courage, confidence and commitment as I can muster, into writing. And see what happens...


  1. Wow, what a gorgeous sky, very inspiring indeed! Enjoy working on your writing project. I like how you say you'll "see what happens." I predict you'll learn a lot in the process and end up with something great!

  2. WRITE AWAY! is a terrific book. But there's no substitute for what George calls 'bum glue' -- just sitting and writing.

  3. good for you Darla...you are a wonderful writer!!! It just flows from you! I hope you will consider sending me an email about what you are grateful for to add to this year's gratitude word quilt. It will be posted on my blog on Dec 31st. I am collecting expressions of gratitude from around the world.
    Gentle steps,

  4. Diane, that photo is one that my husband managed to capture; neither of us are camera-skilled so we just have to rely upon our iPhones picking up the natural beauty of Mother Nature. May your prediction come true! Thank you. :-)

    Vicki, absolutely...gotta do the writing. Thanks for the encouragement!

    Laura, thank you so much. I live a blessed life, and am so grateful for every moment.


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