Welcome to Day 27 of #write31days. Overcome is the prompt word for the Five Minute Friday Free Writes. I would venture to guess that most of us have something we need to overcome. Maybe you have a fear of sharing your words or art, because you think no one will be interested.
STEPS TO OVERCOME YOUR FEAR
When I first started blogging four years ago, I had to overcome some fear. A few people had suggested I start a blog, but I was not convinced. I wasn’t sure people would be interested in what I had to say.
Finally, with the help of my daughter, Jamie, I did get one started. For about two and a half years I wrote using Blogger. At first I mostly wrote for Five Minute Friday. It was a good thing to jump start my writing again. I also shared news about the family and our homestead.
Then I joined an online group that was in the middle of poetry prompts for each day. I jumped in and began writing more poetry. Some of it was hard, but I was having fun. We had calls where we could critique the work of each other.
Because of the support of people who encouraged me, I finally realized I could call myself a writer.
USING PHOTOGRAPHY AND POETRY
One friend led an online class along the lines of contemplative photography using either our cameras or phones. She challenged us to go outside every day and look for beauty in unexpected places. We were encouraged to pause, take our time and just observe and capture with our lenses. That helped open my eyes to the wonder of nature.
Eventually I started writing more poetry including the haiku. Here is one of my earlier haiku along with a photo of a flower taken at the edge of the woods where I live.
I have now been blogging for four years. During that time I have learned a lot from fellow bloggers and friends. There is still so much to learn, but to me it is exciting. Along the way, there were fears and doubts, but I kept on writing.
Now I can’t imagine not writing. One day I hope to publish a nature haiku/photo book and maybe some other books for children. I also hope to publish a book of poetry. There are sure to be obstacles along the way, but with God’s help I can overcome them.
What are some fears you might need to overcome?
Seek wisdom from God and ask for help from trusted friends. Then take the first step even if it is a baby step. Every step you take gives you more confidence, and pretty soon you may realize that you don’t need to fear any more.
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