My best friend challenged us to make “intrepid” our word for 2015, that we should live intrepidly. Merriam-Webster defines intrepid as: characterized by resolute fearlessness, fortitude, and endurance.
What if we wrote like that? Fearless – Overcome the fear of what friends, family, publishers, and audience will think about your writing. Instead, write what needs to be written, regardless of how others might view it. With fortitude – Having the mental strength to sort out the good ideas from the bad is essential for writers. Then one must have the courage to write the story in the way it deserves to be written. Endurance – The hardest part of writing is seeing the story through to the end. Endless drafts and revisions, submissions to hundreds of publishers and agents: we must press on to completion.
I extend my friend’s challenge to all of you. Be fearless, fortitudinous, and enduring in your writing this year and watch as great things happen.