Face Your Fear

Earlier this week, a story I wrote was published in Shattered Magazine. This is a first ever for me and something I’ve wanted and waited for a long time.

But I almost didn’t write the story.

The stories I write are remembered ones…..the ones I’ve lived and felt. This one was going to be an altogether different way of writing a story and I wasn’t sure I could do it.

Instead of letting my fear of failure scare me out of trying, I took it on. I knew I would learn from the experience even if the story wasn’t published. The online managing editor worked with me during the process and I was right:  I learned so much!

First, I realized I have a lot more to learn about writing for publications like Shattered Magazine. I also learned the importance of doing things in spite of being afraid of them. This is one of those lessons I seem to have to relearn again and again.

During the process of writing the story I made another decision. I’m a writer so I’m going to write. I will submit a book proposal at the speaking/writing conference I’m attending in July.  This is another new and scary thing for me but I know whatever the outcome, I will learn from the process.

And that’s a win-win!

I urge you to do something new and scary this week. Set a goal, move toward a dream, make a plan, have that conversation you’ve been putting off, ask the question, start the project. Face your fears and go for it!

Because it matters!

Live like it matters.

The story I wrote is about Zach Williams and his journey to freedom. You can read the story here.



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  1. neveradullbling on May 6, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Oh Marie, that is so cool about your story. Congratulations! And good luck in July!!

  2. dawnlizjones on May 6, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    YIKES!!! This is the coolest thing. This ranks up there with your marathons! Marie, so proud of you! Want to check out your story.

    • mariegriffith on May 6, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      Not a marathon yet! Maybe one day. But the book is partly a result of your encouragement. Thank you Dawn.

  3. dawnlizjones on May 6, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Wow. Super encouraging for me. Thanks a bunch. Also, beautifully written.

  4. soletusknow on May 6, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Congratulations! Thanks for encouraging us by example and your words…but then again, you’re a writer, and that’s what writers do 🙂 Can’t wait to hear about the book in July…

    • mariegriffith on May 6, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      Thank you. My blogging community has been a constant source of encouragement. ?

  5. Belinda O on May 6, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Congratulations both on taking a chance and such a successful outcome, not to mention your decision to write write write. Best of luck in everything!!

    • mariegriffith on May 6, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      Belinda, thank you. I’m learning as I go and I’m very grateful for your kind words.

  6. Joy Waters Martin on May 7, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    So proud of you Marie! and so ironic …Roger and I were just talking about writing goals and how all of that works within what God has wired us to do. Good encouragement. Thanks!

  7. Madame Zenista on May 11, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Such an inspiring post, Marie! I think I need to take something up…
    Will check out your story shortly.

    • mariegriffith on May 11, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      Thank you! Facing our fears is something we need to do often. We grow that way.

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