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Afraid to write your story? You are not alone.

It’s a new year and time to make it a point this year to write your story: yet that pesky monster of rejection is always looming over your shoulder, convincing you (and other authors) that your stories aren’t worth sharing with others.

Regularly, I come across manuscripts where authors say they have struggled with whether to publish their books or not, mainly due to the fear of no one reading their stories.

Our question though for these authors (and all authors for that matter) is; how do you know that your biography, your children’s book, your book on being a Christian, even your cookbook will not affect the life of someone and transform his/her relationship with Jesus?

Share Your StoryThis January could be the “turning of a new writing leaf” for you, as an author, with the New Year; one where doubts about being an author will disappear and hopeful promptings from the Holy Spirit will push you to finish what you started.

Some common fears that are expressed in manuscripts are anxieties; over the credibility to write on specific subject matters (such as theology or overcoming tragedy) to the writing skills of the author to whether it is even a subject matter that would interest readers. Some even question whether they heard God right in that He wanted them to write this book at this point in life.

The beauty in these concerns is that these authors like you are already thinking like authors, without even realizing it. Instead of moving forward in a prideful manner, selfishly believing that your book will captivate millions, you are humbly considering the logistics of your book and how it will reach the needs of readers.

What also is helpful to recall, while determining the power of your book, is in understanding that you are already reaching out to a reader in the form of the editors here at Xulon Press, like me. We are readers as much as editors, and your message might be impacting us personally, as well as professionally, as we complete manuscript reviews and edits on your book.

So, this year of 2015, don’t listen to voices inside saying to disregard your writing dreams. Take a chance and publish your book, remembering that you could be affecting the lives of those within the very company that is publishing your book.

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Blair Townley joined the Xulon Press family as a Staff Editor in May 2013, helping first-time authors prepare their treasured manuscripts for publication. Prior to Xulon Press, she previously worked as a staff writer/editor for several Central Florida-based magazines over the past decade. What Blair enjoys most about writing and editing is getting to help others share their stories, helping others see themselves as the unique individuals God created them to be.

2 Comments on “Afraid to write your story? You are not alone.

  1. The main thing is to surrender yourself so completely to God that every action you take will be as if God Himself took it. God is not creating mudpies. That would be easy for Him as he started with a mound of dirt. He is creating diamonds to reflect his love from this slime of a world that we have become and that takes tremendous pressure and cleansing fire.

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