Many of us know the story of a young David facing the giant, Goliath with only three things in his arsenal: a slingshot, a stone and faith. And before he stepped out on that field of battle he said something very important: He'd killed the bear and the lion, surely he would have victory over this giant!
As writers we face our giants every day. They wear different names and faces. Fear. Discipline. Failure. Success. But, they all seem to be bigger and more powerful than us. Their very presense seems to taunt us , paralyzing our actions and thoughts, undermining our beliefs. Our giants become like that monster in the closet of our childhood. Soon, we're not even able to approach it without a pounding heart and a dry mouth. Simply put, they are terrifying.
But, as I've been told, courage isn't the absence of fear, but the resolve to do what you're afraid to do. I can't believe that David didn't experience at least some trepidation when he stood across from Goliath. He was human. But, David had a confidence born of faith. And he rehearsed it. He'd defeated the bear. He'd defeated the lion. He would have victory over this giant.
It's the same for us. I may fear rejection as I submit my manuscript to an editor. But, I can look back and declare with confidence that I've labored over my work with diligance. I've submitted to contests, blogs and newsletters. I'm not stating the editor will offer me a contract, but what I am saying is I faced my giant. I conquered the fear of rejection by not allowing it to hold me back from trying and pursuing a dream. A published author may have a fear of being a one-hit wonder. But, she too, can rehearse what she knows. She's submitted a manuscript to an editor. She's sold a book! Surely, she can submit another manuscript and sell again. And again. By acting in spite of her fear, she already has the victory regardless of the outcome.
Whether it's with a slingshot or a pen, the common element is faith. Faith will not only help you face your giant, but it will leave you the last one standing on your field of battle, your fist raised in victory.