Thursday, November 18, 2010

Believe With Me

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” 
~ Mahatma Gandhi


Yesterday Elana J. did a post to encourage us the we CAN do this writing thing.  In that post she said, "I've noticed I've been in a bit of a funk, and that quite a few other people have been as well. Doubts are high. Confidence is low." She was right.

I have been in that funk--along with so many others--doubting myself and letting insecurity nibble away at me.  Elana encouraged me.  Shannon M. encouraged me.  My world class CP Valerie encouraged me. And then yesterday, Elena encouraged me again.  Today, I am making the choice to BELIEVE.

I am owning my own encouragement (but don't stop, ladies. I love you!).  I am choosing to believe that query wars will not defeat me; Scott and the Naughty Boy Factory will find a home; the agent I've been too terrified to query will love it.  I believe.  

Valerie tells me there are two rules of writing: to write and to be brave.  I choose to be brave.  I choose to believe.

Believe in YOU today!

“Believe in Yourself and there will come a day when others will have no choice but to believe with you.”
 ~ Cynthia Kersey Author 

P.S. Forgive my absence on your blogs this week.  I'm in a writing frenzy right now.  I'm reading your blogs.  I'm just not commenting.  I swear.

34 comments:

Mary Aalgaard said...

Continue your writing and reading frenzy! I believe, I believe, I believe.....

Carolyn V. said...

I believe in you Shannon! <3

I think with lots of work and persistence it will pay off. I just have to keep at it.

Patti said...

Great post. I needed that today. Sometimes it's easier to believe we can't.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I believe!
I woke up this morning with a dream that solidified that for me. I was at the controls of a jumbo jet! And I wasn't fully prepared! Okay, enough exclamation points, but really it was heart-stopping. I had co-pilots and some advisor who were also trying to get up to speed or nay-saying. And I said, 'look this plane is taking off already, so I've got no choice but to get this right.' And, um, I did.
So, come fly with me, Shannon. We can, I believe.

Catherine Denton said...

I DO believe in Shannon! I do! I do!!
Catherine Denton

Kenda said...

Yes, believe! We can't stop now. And along the way, find joy in the journey :-) Thanks for the reminder, Shannon. And good luck in your writing frenzy. Hopefully you're having fun...

Jessica Bell said...

I believe in you, Shannon! You'll do it! :o)

Angela Ackerman said...

I believe in you 1000%. Keep doing what you're doing and you will get there. We all will :)

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Yes yes yes! Sometimes, it all boils down to choice. Believe believe believe...

Inspirational post, Shannon!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Believing is so important. I believe in you! And I believe in me too. :)

Shari said...

I love Ghandi's quote. It is so true. Thanks for the pep talk. I have been needing some encouragement lately, too.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Wise words, for others to believe in you, you have to believe in yourself.

Take care.
Yvonne.

Melissa said...

I believe in me today! Thanks!

Candyland said...

I couldn't have said it better myself :)

The Golden Eagle said...

I believe!

Great post. :)

Jennifer Shirk said...

Yeah, that's good. I needed to hear that too.

Keep writing, girl!

Heather said...

Elana's post inspired me too. So much so that it brought tears to my eyes! I've been in the same doubting funk. Thank you for adding to that encouragement. I will BELIEVE and I will achieve my dreams, as will you. We make our own luck!

Jennie Englund said...

You have a HUGE team behind you, Shannon! It WILL happen!

Query that agent!

Do it! We're so behind you!

Diane said...

We're all gonna make it one of these days SOON! I queried a few of the names you gave me and one looked so good... fingers crossed! :O)

Elana Johnson said...

Oooh, I love the be brave sentiment. There is a great deal of bravery and strength that is needed for writing.

*hugs*

Old Kitty said...

Awwww!!! Yay!!! Believe in your books and your writing and yourself!! You will live the dream and it will happen and that scary agent will so fall in love with your books!!!!!! :-)

Take care
x

roxy said...

Not giving up is the key to succeeding. Thanks for this inspiring post, Shannon.

Terri Tiffany said...

Never giving up down here. Write away!! that's what those frenzies are for!

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Love the positive vibes!

giddymomof6 said...

Go, go, go! Never give up, never surrender! You're worth it and so is your writing.

:)

Jenni

Kelly Lyman said...

Love, love, LOVE this post! Thank you for the encouragement! Happy writing!

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Shannon, oh, it's so hard to be in those places when your doubts creep in, then bam! Before you know it they've taken up residence in your living room. Thanks for reminding us we don't have to put up with unwanted guests. :) I'm here believing with you!

Conda V. Douglas said...

I so needed this post today--what is about us writers that we focus so much on our (perceived but perhaps not accurate) flaws and faults until our courage falters?

Michelle said...

cool, love it ... believe!

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Thanks for the inspiration! Your posts always give me something to think about.

Laura Pauling said...

It's normal to be in funks sometimes. Glad you've pulled out of it. And writing frenzies are good! Go with it.

Leah (aka Mary_not_Martha) said...

What an excellent quote by Gandhi! That fits in perfectly with my semester project I'm doing. I'd love to use it in my presentation if you don't mind pointing me in the direction of the source - speech?book?

Thanks for the inspiration today!

Erica Mitchell-Spickard said...

Such a great quote and inspirational post :) Don't ever apologize for a writing frenzy! Rock it out! And have a great weekend :D

Jen Chandler said...

Wonderful point and encouragement. Thanks for this post! I think we all have ups and downs in writing.

I don't know why the downs seem to out weight the ups, but we have the power to pull ourselves back up.

Keep writing, keep querying. You'll make it! We believe in you :D

~Jen

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