Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Writing Journey: From Fear to Freedom--9 Steps in 9 Years!

Happy Birthday, Seekerville!

My first book was released in 2007, the year this blog went live. After looking back over those nine years, I came up with nine steps that took me from fear to freedom.

Pray. In my opinion, everything should begin with prayer. We were a military family and moved every two to three years. Each time we changed locations, I prayed for the Lord to direct my steps to what he wanted for my life.

Make a decision to write. I had published a few articles when my children were young, but as they grew, I set aside my love for writing and volunteered heavily in their schools, in our church and within the military community in which we lived. All the while, the Lord gently reminded me about my heart’s desire. When we moved to Georgia, I realized I was running out of time and needed to try my hand at writing again.

Ignore the negatives. Early on, I purchased Julia Cameron’s book, THE ARTIST’S WAY. Cameron talks about the negative voice that lives within each of us. It’s the discourager who rears its ugly head all too frequently with caustic rhetoric, such as “Who do you think you are? You will never be a writer,” or “You’re stupid to expend so much energy on something in which you will never succeed,” or even, “Get real. You’re too dumb to write.”

I controlled the negative voice by following Cameron’s advice. She says to turn each negative into a positive and write it five time. When Mr. Negative whispers, “Who are you trying to fool? You’re not a writer,” I countered by writing and rewriting “I am a writer. I am a writer. I am a writer.”

Fiction mirrors life. The characters in our stories have baggage and so do most of us. Screenwriting consultant Michael Hauge, in his book, WRITING SCREENPLAYS THAT SELL, encourages writers to explore past wounds that shape the way their characters act. Characters must overcome or heal their brokenness before they can live fully in the present.
My father was an excellent technical writer, and in my youth, he always corrected my creative attempts, perhaps a bit overzealously. Growing into adulthood, I never felt my writing measured up to his standards. Realizing that even my dad would have struggled to create a full-length work of fiction freed me to move forward on my writing journey.

Put God in control.  Soon after receiving “The Call,” I penned “The Writer’s Prayer.” The Lord provided the words, and I was merely the scribe. As many of you know, I give the prayer away at conferences and in mailings, and so many authors have told me how meaningful the prayer has been in their own lives. “The Writer’s Prayer” sits next to my computer and always helps me focus as I start to write. It also reminds me that the Lord is in charge of my career.

We’re not alone. While working on an especially tight deadline in the wee hours of the night, I was overcome with fear that creating the next story depended totally on me. Thankfully, I was able to power through that fear and complete the manuscript on time. The truth is that authors have the support and expertise of their editors, copy editors and marketing and art departments. That entire team is working together to make the story the best it can be.

It’s common knowledge that writing is a solitary profession. Whether published or pre-pubbed, writers need to surround themselves with writing friends, critique partners and blog communities, like Seekerville, for support, affirmation and encouragement. 

Analyze the process. Once we have a few books under our belts, we might see a pattern in the way we write. By understanding our process, we can take comfort, knowing we have faced similar doubts before and have gone on to accomplish our goals. My husband and children remind me that with each book I go through the this-is-the-worst-thing-I’ve-ever-written phase, the this-story-will-never-work phase, the I-should-just give-up phase, and how-can-I-call-myself-a-writer phase. Eventually, the story is completed, submitted and, with the help of my wonderful editor, reaches publication.

No ticking time bombs. Our stories have ticking time bombs, but that’s not what we need in life. Instead, we need to set achievable goals and give ourselves adequate time to complete our projects, to learn new craft techniques and to write our books or get our stories ready for submission. As the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither was a writing career.

God’s timing is always perfect. Two years ago, I meditated on the idea of God’s perfect time and realized He always provided the wherewithal for me to write my stories and make my deadlines. That realization brought a sense of security. Now even when I’m short on time or when I’ve overextended my schedule, I trust that the Lord will provide enough time—His perfect time—for me to complete the work.
The photos were taken on my recent trip to Montreal.

What steps have you taken to overcome fear and achieve your goals? Leave a comment to be entered in one of two drawings for a copy of my latest release, PLAIN TRUTH, a copy of “The Writer’s Prayer,” a writing journal and a $9 Starbuck’s Gift Card.

In honor of Seekerville’s birthday and in keeping with the suspense genre, I've baked nine Death By Chocolate cakes for us to enjoy. The coffee’s hot. Tea is also available. Pour a cup of your favorite brew, and let’s talk about moving from fear to freedom!

Happy writing!

Wishing you abundant blessings,
Debby Giusti

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Terri Reed said...

Hi Debby, fear is a big one. At least for me. I loved your steps. Especially no ticking time bombs. Unfortunately that is one I usually struggle with. Great post. Thanks.

May the K9 Spy (and KC Frantzen) said...

NINE death by chocolate cakes?!
Yeegads, Debby.
Will there be any left after I'm finished?

Loved hearing more about your life and your own story.
Thank you for your service to our country!

My husband and first readers also hold my hand through the "this-is-the-worst-thing-I’ve-ever-written phase, the this-story-will-never-work phase, the I-should-just give-up phase, and how-can-I-call-myself-a-writer phase."

Hard to believe someone with as many successful books as you have still goes thru the process. ACK. There's hope!

And oh so true about His timing. It truly IS always pawfect.

As far as what I've used to overcome, it's definitely prayer and solitude, in that order. Then encouragement reading some notes or reviewing artwork children have shared thanking me for previous books. Or even the unsolicited hugs received. Makes it all worthwhile! :)

Thanks for a great post today, Debby. I use your Writer's Prayer nearly every day I'm writing. It's wonderfully inspired. Congratulations on your success. Keep up the great work!

Happy happy 9th barkday, Seekerville!

Heidi Kortman said...

Still working on what I perceive as my past wounds. It's so good when we find people who believe our work will be published and enjoyed.

Evelyn Hill said...

The negative voice never comes when inspiration strikes. He (she? it?) waits until the next day.
"Are you sure you should be writing this?"
"Maybe this isn't such a good idea after all."
"I'm sure this has already been done."
"Why don't you go eat a dozen cupcakes and call me in the morning? There are real writers out there who can do a better job of it anyway."

The negative voice is always there right with me when I'm exercising. When I tried a yoga DVD, the Voice was right there, closer than any instructor could be, pointing out all my flaws. Unfortunately, it /over/did the criticism to the point where I realized, "Hey, wait a minute! No yoga instructor would ever EVER be this negative." Then I turned things around and started to critique its performance as a critic. That negative inner voice tried a few more times, but each time I fought back by pointing out that no real instructor would ever be so negative, or be so critical so quickly, or be so consistently critical, and really, what made Voice think it was qualified to act as a critic? After a few bouts of reciprocal criticism, the Voice shriveled away like a slug being given a dose of salt.

Trixi said...

I'm probably going to be the "bad guy" here and say I don't care for chocolate all that much, so you guys enjoy the cake!

Pray, Ignore the negatives, Put God in control, and God's timing is perfect....those speak to me :-) Because I've had to learn all those lessons in my own life. My favorite verse is this one: Philippians 4:6 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;". It reminds me to start my day with prayer, pray without ceasing and end my day with prayer! I also have to ignore that voice that tells me I can't do something when I know God has given me the tools to achieve whatever it is. Or I'm not good enough or whatever, because God has called me worthy in His sight and He says I AM someone special :-) It's taken a long time and a lot of garbage I've put myself through to finally realize these truths.

I love this post, it doesn't apply to me as a writer but as a child of God! :-)

I already have a copy of "Plain Truth" & "The Writers Prayer" that came with it(thank you Debby!) but I'd love to be in the draw for the Starbucks card if possible, thanks!

Mary Preston said...

I find that initial push to begin any project can be a bit daunting. I find it best to break everything down into manageable tasks.

Missy Tippens said...

An inspiring post, Debby! At the present (as y'all saw in my post this month) I particularly resonate with God's perfect timing that you mentioned. Thanks for the other reminders--especially the one about dealing with doubt.

cathyann40 said...

I enjoyed reading this post

Cindy W. said...

Great post Debby! I love the ninth one, God's timing is always perfect. This is so very true. I can look back on my life and see times when I had to wait but when God came through it was always perfect. I am in a holding season right now and I know when I am totally released it will be perfect. There are also times throughout my day in which I pray for his timing in order to accomplish something before the end of the day. I am always amazed when I complete a few hours work in a very short time. I am committed to prayer because I know He is there listening and if my request is in line with Him, then all things are possible.

Happy Birthday Seekerville!

Many blessings to you all!

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

Jill Weatherholt said...

Wonderful post, Debby! I love your Writer's Prayer. It's been on display in three different places in our house for many years. Your ninth point is biggest for me and what I use to handle fear.

Josee Telfer said...

Your post resonated with me Debby - thank you for the encouragement! Your writer's prayer is BEAUTIFUL. I'm grateful to say I've overcome so many of my fears. With respect to writing, I'm just doing it, just following the steps that God is shining a light on and trusting him to lead me. He brought me here to Seekerville and has already opened more doors than I ever dreamed.

I lived in fear for years. I finally realized whenever I felt fear, God was not near. Fear is not of God. It's a distraction the enemy uses all the time. It's one of his favorite tactics.

So, I'm working hard, putting in the time, committed to see this writing thing through and believing in my good, good, father. He's with me and that's enough.

Jackie said...

Hi Debby,

Great post! Ignoring the negatives is one of the hardest things to do. Maybe because there are so many hurdles in writing. But our God encourages us, and your post today encourages me. Thanks so much!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Death by Chocolate cake.... I'm all over that, Debby!!! Thank you for getting them!

I loved these nine points... and I love The Writer's Prayer because it embodies so much of what we feel, think and do...

I remember when you got the call... and how excited we all were for you! And when that book came out, we happy danced all around the country. And it was delightful.

We've been so blessed to do that "Call" happy dance so often. God has given us vision and a mission... and we've worked hard to answer that call, the one from Him, the one that shows the way...

Thanking God for every one of the Seekers and our beloved villagers today. This birthday is all about you!

And the cake, of course.

Dana R. Lynn said...

I love this, Debby. But most of all, I love that writer's prayer. It says everything that it needs to say. I have saved it on my phone and on my desktop so that I can pray it everyday when I sit down write, no matter where.


Debby Giusti said...

Terri, you mentioned on your wonderful blog yesterday that you'd written 40 books! I'm sure you've had many ticking time bombs with all those deadlines! I admire your dedication and production. Love your stories!!!


Debby Giusti said...

KC, I enjoyed learning that you like solitude, probably when you need to fill the well. Are you an introvert? Which doesn't mean shy but where you draw your strength. Extroverts need to surround themselves with other people for energy. Introverts are just the opposite.

Also loved your mention of the sweet notes and artwork you receive from children...and the hugs! For me, interacting with readers and hearing their comments about my stories is a shot in the arm and makes me want to write more books!

It's a unique life, isn't it!

Thanks for all you do for our military! I heard you were working another Wounded Warriors Weekend. Bless you! I'm praying for all those who will attend and know you'll be touching their lives in very positive ways.


Debby Giusti said...

Heide, sorry about those past wounds. Keep working on them. You want to be free. Usually misperceptions are holding us back. For really significant wounds, prayerfully reflect on what happened and see Christ in that situation. He wasn't judging or condemning. He was looking at you with eyes of love and standing with you, not against you. He doesn't want you to carry that pain any longer. Give it to Him and let him do with it as He pleases so you can be free at last.

Praying for you!

Debby Giusti said...

Evelyn, you've got me laughing and cheering. You battled the Voice and won!!! Loved your comment. Certainly a great way to overcome the negative voice. You deserve a huge slice of cake and a tiara! I'm proud of you!!! :)

Debby Giusti said...

One more comment for Heidi. Keep working and don't let anything hold you back. With determination and perseverance, you will succeed, and your writing dreams will come true!

Rose said...

Hi Debby,

Yes, the negative "critiquer" (is that a word?) inside of US is the worst! I, too, use Julia Cameron's suggestions in her book.

I love birthday month and how the 'tips' follow Seekerville's age.

All of you who start this blog should be proud of the lives you've touched, the encouragement you've given and more importantly the friends you've made. Oh, and seeing your writing dreams come true is just the 'icing on the cake'. Pun INTENDED!!!

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Trixi,

So glad the blog spoke to you. No matter what we do in life, there's always a force that doesn't want us to succeed...or doesn't want us to see ourselves as a beautiful child of God! We are loved, although the negative voice wants us to think otherwise.

Thanks for sharing that you've worked through some of your past wounds. We all have them. Some of us have healed, others are in the process of doing so, some haven't even identified what is really holding them back. Your words will touch folks today, I'm sure.

Hope you enjoy PLAIN TRUTH. You're in the drawing for the gift card!

Debby Giusti said...

Great comment, Mary Preston! You're so right. Facing a huge task--like writing a book--can be daunting. By breaking the process down into individual steps, we can accomplish those smaller goals without feeling overwhelmed!

Thanks for sharing your process!

I remember thinking, before I started to write my very first manuscript, that I couldn't write a story that was 300 to 400 pages long. I had written short pieces and was sure I couldn't maintain my focus on a full-length work of fiction. I decided to tackle each chapter as a short story. If I put them together, I'd have a book. That's what I did...and it worked, although the story is buried at the bottom of my office closet and will never see the light of day! :)

But I did go on to write another story and then another one. Actually, I penned six manuscripts before I got "The Call."

Debby Giusti said...

Missy, as you know too well, we need to listen to the Lord. As mention in Ecclesiastes, there's a time for everything. Your energy and focus has been on your family needs. Bless you for taking such good care of everyone! And a wedding! How wonderful! And a move! And getting children settled in college! And ensuring Mom and Dad are in a good place. I know God's pleased with your willingness to serve. He'll provide that perfect time for your writing.

Hugs! Did you have some cake?

Debby Giusti said...


We'd love to hear a bit about your story, if you're willing to share. Thanks for stopping by the blog.


Debby Giusti said...


Sounds as if you've put some thought into the concept of God's perfect timing, just as I have. Your mention of how he provides the time when something needs to get done is proof of it. Knowing he is in control takes away the fear and worry, which is so freeing.

You mentioned being in a holding time. I can relate. Usually I feel like I'm moving forward, but at times, God places me in that "holding time" you mentioned. Often it's when I'm learning something new or working on a new project. Of course, we're really not standing still. We are moving forward, although it doesn't seem to be the case. Only later when we look back, we see the growth even in that seemingly stationary time.

Sending hugs and love!

Debby Giusti said...

Jill, thanks for your mention of The Writer's Prayer. Displayed in three places in your home? That touches my heart! I'm so thankful that God gave me the prayer and very grateful that others find it meaningful as well.


Jan Drexler said...

TRIXI! Not liking chocolate doesn't make you a "bad guy"! We all love you so much more because you're sharing your chocolate! More for us! :)

Rhonda Starnes said...

Good morning, sweet Debby! Thank you for such an encouraging post. As I was reading it, I could feel you hugging me and whispering, "Don't give up. You've got this; You're almost there."

I'd have to say my biggest fear is that I'll never see my name on the cover of a book and the (nearly) four years I've spent seeking publication have been a waste of time. When I entered that first pitch contest, I decided to share my journey with my students to encourage them to reach for their dreams. And then my sweet Mountain Man, who was so proud of my story, started telling everyone who'd listen, "Rhonda's going to get published. She's an amazing writer." Of course, I loved his encouragement and support, but I didn't love the pressure I felt by so many people knowing my dream. You see, I was comfortable sharing with my students because I was teaching them life lessons. When you receive a rejection, you pick yourself up and try again. When you receive a revision request, you work through it. When you're waiting months and months to hear back from an editor, you start a new manuscript. But I wasn't teaching life lessons to all the friends and family members Mountain Man told. No, to them I was just a 'nobody' trying to be a 'somebody,' or so I felt.

In the last year, I've been able to push my fear aside and focus on the positives that my writing journey has brought me. . .new friends and the ability to step outside my comfort zone being two of them.

Please don't enter me into the drawing for Plain Truth or the Writer's Prayer as I already own both. Sending you a big hug!!

Jan Drexler said...

Good morning, Debby!

This is a wonderful post! Our fears are so powerful that they can derail a writing career before it even starts. But when we remember who called us, we can always rely on Him to carry us through.

I'm really hanging on to step #9 these days! Various things have gotten in the way of a comfortable time schedule for meeting my next deadline (November 1st), so I'm beginning to sweat it. But every time I do, I remember that God is the one who orders my days - past and present and future. This book will get done on time.

Have a wonderful day! I'm off to pray the Writer's Prayer....

Debby Giusti said...


I'm thrilled you found Seekerville! Your comments always bring joy and exude enthusiasm and energy!

You're so right about fear not being from God, as scripture tells us. And what does the Lord always say? Do not be afraid!

So glad you've grappled with fear and WON! YAY!

Did you notice the photos from Montreal? I loved the city...and the churches...and had such a delightful week there.

Debby Giusti said...

Jackie, you've accomplished so much in your life. I know how hard it is to get into pharmacy school and the tough classes you took throughout your time there. You have a successful career, and you're also a writer! I'm in awe. Plus you're one of the sweetest people I know.

So glad Seekerville brought us together!


Suzanne Baginskie said...

Hi Debby: I had an aspiring artist for a father. From the time I could remember, there was always a desk in our living room. He worked shift work and everyday, without fail, he'd be in his chair drawing and inking his cartoons for two hours. My Dad had the gift of wit and he made up the jokes before sketching the scene out. His perseverance and discipline besides working and raising four children was astounding. To make the long story short, he encouraged us to follow our dreams and at age 43, he retired and moved to Florida and supported himself and my Mom by selling cartoons for years to Women's World, New York Times and many other magazines and outlets. I greatly admired him. When I started writing and sold my first piece I couldn't wait to tell him. When rejections rolled in, I'd shared my doubts and fears with him. He was always so encouraging. He passed away at 85 years old in 2012 and had worked everyday till the very end. Now when my fears strike, I have to distance myself from my writing for a few days, take long walks and talk to God in prayer to get them behind me. Eventually the fever strikes and I get going again. I draw my strength on my Dad. He always said, "Never give up your dream. If you want to do something, you must do it everyday." His words of wisdom stand true today.
Thank you for outlining ways to conquer your fears. Great post on a personal, internal problem we all face at times as writers.

Sally Shupe said...

Loving these Seekerville birthday posts. Praying is definitely first. Some days it's harder than others to ignore the negatives. And I still have trouble realizing I can't just sit down and write a story in one evening. Why not? I can read one in an evening lol. I guess if I typed faster... Even when it seems that I've gotten side-tracked, when I sit down to write, a thought will come, or a scene, and I think if I'd tried writing this before, I wouldn't have had that. That is God's timing for me, showing me I'm where He wants me to be right now. I've entered three contests with three different submissions and am anxiously awaiting feedback. Can't wait to compile the feedback and work on making these stories better and see where God leads with them.

Julie Lessman said...

Thanks, DEBBY, for this truly inspiring and uplifting post -- a must-read for any writer!

All of your points resonated with me, but like so many of the comments mentioned above, your last point about God's timing really nailed it to the wall for me.

Unto everything there is a season, and I've learned that it's not just about realizing that in our lives, it's about knowing deep down in our soul that not only is God in control of those seasons, but that He loves us and has our best interests at heart. The trust factor. There's a big difference between saying we trust Him and actually doing it, I've learned. But your mention of "meditating" on His faithfulness (i.e. in helping us to get a book done) or His unfailing love (i.e. in having a good plan for us) is key, and I thank you for reminding me of that.

WONDERFUL post, my friend, and timely for whoever reads it, wherEVER they are in their writing career.


Suzanne Baginskie said...

Happy 9th Birthday to Seekerville on the nineteenth day of October. Here are some apple carrot muffins and Good Earth tea to join the nine death by chocolate cupcakes.

Debby Giusti said...

Ruthy, I'm so glad I've had the support and encouragement of my Seeker Sisters throughout my writing journey. We would have succeeded on our own, but it wouldn't have been as meaningful or as much fun!

And the Villagers spread that Seekerville love even farther!

Each person who visits this blog is such a blessing to us. You are family! Hope you feel the love. Plus, we pray for all of you and your particular needs. That network of prayer fans out over the entire world, no matter where you live or travel. We're always connected!

Patricia W said...

Those negative voices... What I love about these 9 steps is that they aren't the typical "power through" advice (mostly) but they are about overcoming. Big difference.

Patricia W said...

Those negative voices... What I love about these 9 steps is that they aren't the typical "power through" advice (mostly) but they are about overcoming. Big difference.

Debby Giusti said...

Thanks, Dana, for your sweet comments about The Writer's Prayer. God knew I needed that prayer when he inspired me to write it. He must have known other writers would need it as well.

Hugs and love!

Josee Telfer said...

Debby! I missed those photos. I'm so glad you enjoyed Montreal. Which church was your favorite? (Or should I write favourite?)

Janet Dean said...

DEBBY, thanks for this wonderful post! I think all of us--writers and readers--understand doubt and fear. We know those are not of God. Yet it's easy to listen to the negative voice in our heads that leads to discouragement. We have within us the power and wisdom we need to answer the call on our lives.

I just finished reading Plain Truth, a terrific story. God blessed you with the talent to write! And with the gift to encourage others through your words and your writer's prayer.

Hugs, Janet

Debby Giusti said...

Rose, you and all the Villagers are "icing on the cake!" I remember when you sold. We were all so thrilled. Congrats on your continued success.

I need to read The Artist's Way again. Glad you found the book meaningful as well.


Janet Dean said...

I hadn't heard of a cake called Death by Chocolate, but I know I'll love it! Thanks for bringing nine huge cakes to Seekerville to celebrate these nine wonderful years!


Glynna Kaye said...

Good morning, DEBBY! Such an encouraging post!

Overcoming fear...not a one-time battle won, but an issue that often needs to be addressed periodically! For me, it means recognizing the fear isn't from God (unless it's a healthy "warning" type of fear). Getting away for even a few minutes with God, reading scriptures of His faithfulness, and praising Him for the ways he's brought me through fears in the past is often how it's dealt with. Then taking a deep breath and taking the next step--sometimes while still FEELING afraid but trusting in Him.

Vince said...

Hi Debby:

Your post today, a blessing in itself, reminds me what I've often experienced: the greatest marital gift is having a spouse who prays.

Whether prayers are answered or not, they do act as a safety valve. As for fears, they operate on the positive feedback principle: the more they are entertained, the more powerful they become. Fears feed on themselves.

I'd had to smile at your list of doubts:

"My husband and children remind me that with each book I go through the this-is-the-worst-thing-I’ve-ever-written phase, the this-story-will-never-work phase, the I-should-just give-up phase, and how-can-I-call-myself-a-writer phase. Eventually, the story is completed, submitted and, with the help of my wonderful editor, reaches publication."

This is so familiar to creative people -- especially those under harsh deadlines. I went through the same thing each month for over 10 years as we had to put out a 100 plus page series of ads for our retail stores. I used to look forward to going to the dentist to get away from the pressure!

Those doubts, by the way, have a strong basis in fact: we know all the options -- the ways things could have been written -- that better ways were possible if only we had the time. We know the 'brilliant' stuff we had to cut; in short, we of all people know all the work's failings.

We see our work from the inside out with all its birthing scars (morning sickness). The public sees it from the outside in. They have no idea what could have been. They just see the beautiful baby. And do you know what? So will we when we let enough time pass and the creative dust settles.

I know this because of the times I picked up an old piece of work and wonder if I really wrote it because it read so well.

Instead of thinking about all its failings, think instead about the future when you will read your story again with freshen eyes and wonder if you really wrote it or if you've taken it from some really gifted writer. Those times will happen after your 'crew' gets done with your work. It's amazing how with artwork and typesetting (and some outside editing) your work can achieve new heights of 'quality'! But beware: those prone to fear will fear they may never write anything so good again. Fear will grow and prosper wherever fear is found.

HINT: would you like a morale boost? Convert your WIP to modi and read it on a Kindle. Your WIP will look exactly like a Lee Child, Jack Reacher story, fresh from Amazon! However, when it does not read correctly, it will stand out, like the devil in church, as something you'd never see in a traditionally published Kindle book.

Have a blessed day.


Debby Giusti said...

Rhonda, I can relate to everything you said. I was a closet writer for years! Never told anyone that I was working toward publication because publication seemed a remote dream. Yet I was determined and so are you. Plus, you're almost there!!!

Yes, I am hugging you and telling you not to give up! You've got this! In God's perfect time, right, which is drawing oh so close!

You told your students about your rejections, and I told my children. I know the way I handled all those closed doors helped them to see that good things come to those who work hard and that everything in life isn't easy-peasy nor always fair. Great life lessons they learned as they watched me prod along the very rocky path to publication. It took me more years than I care to mention. Evidently I was a slow learner! :)

Love your Mountain Man! What an encourager! My hubby is as well...although in the beginning, he was convinced I'd make millions! I quickly set him straight. :)

Theresa Van Meter said...

I have three notebooks of notes that I have written down from this wonderful site. A few nights ago I was looking over some of them and ran across, "Face Your Fears in 2016"

One of the fears I wrote down was-"fear of failing with my writing"

To help face my fear this year, I decided to focus on my writing. I've taken online classes. I've joined RWA and ACFW. I've purchased MP3 recordings of past conferences.

I don't know what the future holds for my writing only God does. But, I'd like to let you know that thanks to this site I have truly embraced and faced my fear of "failing with my writing" My writing has improved and I will keep trying to improve and will keep praying that God will continue to lead me on the path He wants me to take with my writing.

Thanks again for this wonderful site.

Jackie Smith said...

Debby, what a great post! As Janet said, you are truly gifted as a writer and an encourager as well. And yes, you make us readers/visitors to this blog feel the love.
Blessings on your day! Thanks for your giveaway.

Debby Giusti said...

Jan, praying for that deadline. You will make it. God will provide the time, as you know so well.

I'm amazed how the Lord clears my schedule when a deadline looms. He takes away any outside interference that could keep me from my computer. Once I got sick just a few days before a book was due. I feared the bug would linger, but after a day in bed, I rallied. Yes, I was at my computer in jammies, taking meds and drinking lots of liquids, but the story got written in God's perfect time.


Debby Giusti said...

Suzanne, thanks for sharing your dad's story. What an amazing man and inspiring father. You need to write his story. I can see it in one of the Chicken Soup books. He worked hard, was determined and his dream came true! Wonderful!

BTW, you've got his genes. Your dreams will come true as well.

So glad you're part of the Seekerville family.

You know that our Tina has penned many stories for Woman's World. I believe it sells more copies each year than any other magazine. And your dad also sold to the New Yorker! That's huge. Good for him.

Debby Giusti said...

Sally, so proud of you for entering the three contests! I used contests to help me craft my stories and learned so much from the critiques I received.

I laughed at your desire to write stories as quickly as you read them. So true. I wonder if readers realize how much time and effort goes into each story. Hopefully they do. Of course, we'd all like to write faster.


Debby Giusti said...

Trust is always the issue, Julie, as you mentioned. I can never trust him enough.


Debby Giusti said...

Patricia, thanks for your insightful comment! Yes, overcoming no matter what the obstacles are. We all struggle, we all have wounds, we all hear that pesky negative voice, but also, we all have God who orders all things according to His Holy Will and in His perfect time.


Caryl Kane said...

HELLO DEBBY! Thank you for this insightful post. I'll enjoy some chocolate as I contemplate these truths.

Have a wonderful day!

Debby Giusti said...

Josee, I loved the Basilica of Notre Dame, which was our first stop. We attended an organ concert there later in the week and stopped back another time. Oh my, the organ was amazing with 7000 pipes!

Loved the tiny Sailor's Chapel, atop the church with the angels and the statue of Mary welcoming the sailors home.

But my favorite had to be the Oratory! I knew about Brother Andre, but being there made everything even more special. He would pray with 300 people a day, and God granted so many miracles.

We took a delightful boat tour of the harbor, a walking tour, a bus tour and a tour of the archaeological digs. Amazing that Indian artifacts have been found dating from the 1300s.

Marguerite Bourgeoys' story was inspirational as well. What a hard working woman who did so much to spread the Good News and help the people of Montreal. And she lived to almost 80, which in the 1600s was significant. Such a wonderful history and wonderful city! I thought of you while I was there and told others about your amazing grandparents. I hope you'll write their needs to be told!

Debby Giusti said...

Janet, thanks for your kind words about Plain Truth. You're always so sweet and encouraging! So glad God brought us together through Seekerville.

Hugs and love!

Debby Giusti said...

Beautiful words, Glynna! Love your mention of praising Him. I find when I'm in times of extreme stress that praise takes me away from fear and back into his calming arms.

Recently, hubby and I were driving through a terrific rainstorm. I started praising God and felt such peace. The rain eased, and we continued safely on our way.

On our flight home from Montreal, we hit some extreme turbulence. Again, I turned to praise, which let me focus on the Lord instead of the rough flight.

Thanks for sharing what works for you, Glynna!

Hugs and love!

Debby Giusti said...

Vince, your comment today could be a workshop! Thanks for sharing what you experienced in the ad world, which is exactly the way writers struggle. We artists are similar in so many ways!

You're so right about fear begetting even more fear. It's malignant, that's why we need to nip it in the bud!

Laughing at your comment about seeing the dentist as a reprieve. Too funny...and so true! Housework never looked as inviting as when I'm on a tight deadline. :)

I never read my stories when they're published. Perhaps I should. I'm making note of your suggestion to read my WIP on my Kindle. Great tip, Vince. Thanks!

Hugs to you and Linda! BTW, hubby and I visited Orange Beach and loved the area. We went there thanks to Missy's mention of the beach and your confirmation that it was well worth visiting.

Marianne Barkman said...

A great post, Debby! Having.a community like Seekerville helps, too, I'm sure. Learning about the struggles authors have gives me a new appreaciation for the books you write! I don't have an prayer list of authors I pray for each day, but I should...Thanks for the great post. I'm enjoying that chocolate immensely! The only chocolate cake I'll get is if I bake it myself! Or enjoy it here!

Myra Johnson said...

So much wisdom here, Debby! And great photos from your trip!

Oh my goodness, the self-doubt we face every day! When I'm struggling with a story concept or just can't seem to make the words flow, sometimes I have to visit my own website and look again at all the books my agent and editors already deemed publishable. It reminds me this is real, that I'm NOT a fake.

And your writer's prayer has been a real blessing for me. It reminds me this is God's work, God's calling on my life, and the results are entirely in His capable hands.

Debby Giusti said...


So glad you found Seekerville! Also so glad you've been able to conquer your fear of failure. We've all been there...and we can easily return to that place of fear if we listen to the negative voice within each of us.

Writing is a lifelong process. No matter where we are on the journey, we're never where we want to be. There's always more to learn, more to accomplish, more challenges, more goals to achieve...and that's good, in my opinion.

I don't want to ever be stagnant. I always want to be growing and moving forward. Glad we're on this journey together.


Missy Tippens said...

Theresa Van Meter, that's wonderful! I'm so glad you've embraced overcoming fear and working on your writing career! I can tell you that taking online classes, going to local RWA chapter meetings (GRW) and entering contests really helped me learn and build confidence.

Debby Giusti said...

Jackie, your comment touched me. Thank you!

Hugs and love!

Missy Tippens said...

Vince, I love this quote: "We see our work from the inside out with all its birthing scars (morning sickness). The public sees it from the outside in. They have no idea what could have been. They just see the beautiful baby. And do you know what? So will we when we let enough time pass and the creative dust settles. "

Thanks for this reminder!

Debby Giusti said...


Hope you enjoy the cake! Glad you liked the blog! Even more glad that you're part of the Seekerville family!


Debby Giusti said...

Marianne, how sweet of you to think of praying for authors. I covet prayers! I'm sure most authors do.

We're so glad you're part of Seekerville. Readers are so special...and your encouragement means so much to us.


Debby Giusti said...

Myra, I never think of you having doubts or fears as you write. Some how I find comfort from what you shared...although I hate that you struggle like I do!

I wonder if God finds our doubts laughable after he's given us the desire to write and the wherewithal to create stories. If only we knew the plans he had for our future, as Scripture tells us.


Debby Giusti said...

Missy, thanks for mentioning Vince's comment. It's one I need to save!

Did you get cake?

Laurie Wood said...

Debby, I can totally relate to your journey as a military spouse with children and what that does to our own dreams of wanting to write - I felt like I was reading my own life in your post! I love your "Writers Prayer" and have it printed out on the front cover of my current WIP (I don't have an office so I move around the house with my laptop :)) and it's truly blessed me. Thank you for that! For me, it's prayer, prayer, and more prayer that's getting me through the fear right now. This was a lovely blog post and I'm sure more than I've been blessed by it today.

Jeanne Takenaka said...

Debby, I loved, loved this post. I think one of the biggest parts of writing is our mindset. The ways you suggested changing our mindset are just what I needed to hear. I've struggled with my thoughts all year. Couple that with injuries, kids struggling and battling discouragement and that about describes my year. Writing time has been hard to come by. I'm inspired to become more serious about it again and carve out time in my days for writing. I miss it.

So thankful for your words today!

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi Debby, Great post. Yes, starting out was a lesson in overcoming fear wasn't it? Actually I wasn't so afraid of writing the first book. I discovered that to be surprisingly fun. What really frightened me was giving it to someone to read. It was like exposing my inner self which is a way it is.

I still get nervous when handing out a book to a very close friend or family member. They know me and will recognize my weaknesses. Silly to be afraid, but I guess that's the way of it.

Love your writer and military prayers. I say those every day.

S. Trietsch said...

Hi Debbie!

I love the Writer's Prayer you wrote!! And while I'm not full-time:




Debby Giusti said...

Laurie, we must be kindred spirits! Don't get discouraged. Keep working. Your dreams will come true!

I was touched that you downloaded The Writer's Prayer to the first page of your manuscript! My heart is smiling! :)


Debby Giusti said...

Jeanne, you've accomplished so much. Don't be discouraged. Look at the positives and where you are with your writing. Plus, you have a growing family that needs Mom's attention. I didn't buckle down and write full-time until my "little ones" were grown. That was God's perfect time for me.


Debby Giusti said...

Sandra, thanks for mentioning both prayers. So glad they are part of your daily prayer routine. That touches me deeply.

Branching out to anything new is always difficult, IMHO. Showing our work, targeting a new line, writing a bigger book, changing genres. It all breeds fear! Glad we understand how fear works so we can power through that fear to achieve our goals.


Debby Giusti said...



I agree totally!

Hugs and GRW love!

Jodi Janz said...

Wow, I can't tell you much I needed to hear this today. I've battled with fear every step of the way in my writing journey so far but lately I have given in ... and given up. I found the "fighting" of the fear exhausting. And now that illness is a part of my everyday life I began to believe that I had missed my window. Missed my "time".
Thank you Debby for reminding me it is not my time ... it is HIS time. He called me to do this and HE will bring it about in HIS perfect time.
I need to practice all of the nine steps but most importantly.
I am a writer.
I am a writer.
I am a writer.
I am a writer.
I am a writer.
Thank you and God bless you for sharing your heart with us. With me.

I would love to read your writers prayer.

Susan P said...

Oh yum, I'll take cake, please! Wonderful advice for us parents, too. I need to remember not to tamp down the gifts and talents of my kids just because I don't understand them or share them. Prayer is always a good idea - every day! Wonderful post, thank you.

Cynthia Herron said...

Debby!! LOVE your words and spirit of encouragement!!

"...God's timing is perfect." Ahh. So true and a visual reminder we should tape to our bathroom mirrors.

Years ago, I dreamed of entering the Genesis contest. I dreamed what it would be like to semi-final. Critique partners convinced me to finally enter, and last year, I did. Not only did I semi-final, but I double-finaled, too! Color me excited...and ohhh, so blessed! I think I screamed (just a little) when I received those back-to-back phone calls. :-) I'd reached a goal! Although I didn't win in August, I'm so thankful for the experience and the opportunity to improve my work and grow my craft. And BTW--your hug after the awards banquet made my night!!!

To those who are feeling discouraged today, here's what I'd like to say: Don't let doubt stop you. Don't let the enemy hinder you. Move forward with determination and gusto. Rally your prayer warriors and go, go, go! *whips out pom poms* You CAN/WILL do it!

Thank you, DEBBY, for this post!! :-)

Sharee S said...

Ms. Debby, this was sooooo good, I have tears in my eyes reading it. It couldn't have come at a more needed time for me. Thank you for all your wonderful words of encouragement.

The waiting room is so lonely at times. a writing community helps tremendously.

I have a lot of scriptures around my computer, reminding me that God's in control. I just have to remind myself to read them and trust. :)

Josee Telfer said...

Debby, I am so touched that you spoke of my grandparents. I will absolutely tell their story.
I have never heard of Marguerite Bourgeoys! I'm going to read up on her.

L'oratoire is my favorite too. I've thought about praying on my knees up all those steps as some pilgrims have but I don't know!
Quebec is in dire need of revival. So many big churches sit empty and have been sold and turned into commercial properties.

I'll tell you my dream: since my books are set in New England and Quebec, I'd love for them to translated into French. Maybe they would inspire some to look UP!

Jeanne Takenaka said...

This may be totally off-topic, but since we're talking about conquering our fears a lot lately, I thought I'd share a post that I just read. It spoke to my heart. It doesn't address writing fears specifically, but I think when we can overcome those fears in our lives, it will also help us conquer those writing fears. :)

Here's the link:

Sorry I don't know how to make the link live in the comments (I'm a little challenged that way), but copying and posting should get you there. :)

Now, I'm going to spend a little time contemplating what I've just read. :)

Chill N said...

Oh my goodness, Debby, I can so identify with this: My husband and children remind me that with each book I go through the this-is-the-worst-thing-I’ve-ever-written phase, the this-story-will-never-work phase, the I-should-just give-up phase, and how-can-I-call-myself-a-writer phase.

Those phases and I know each other well. Even after I'd written non-fiction for a magazine for quite a while, there would come a point in the article where I would hit those thoughts like speed bumps :-) I kept telling myself the publisher wouldn't pay me for something that didn't help them sell the magazine, so I guess in an odd way that was telling the negative voice to leave me alone.

Although I'm sorry you experience those thoughts, it's reassuring to know. Thanks for sharing your journey!

Nancy C

Debby Giusti said...

Susan, I am glad you found a takeaway from this blog to help with parenting.

Debby Giusti said...

Cynthia, a double Genesis is huge. Hope you realize God is saying that you're on track. Keep us posted on your journey. More good things are ahead!!!

Debby Giusti said...

Sharee, we've all been in that waiting room. Even after publication, we sometimes end up there again. You're not alone. We're with you!

Debby Giusti said...

Josee, I like that goal to have your books translated into French. Remember don't limit God. He probably planted that desire.

BTW, one on my stories was published in France and I was thrilled!

Debby Giusti said...

Jeanne, thanks for sharing! At the moment, I'm commenting via my phone. Will read the blog when I get back to my computer!

Debby Giusti said...

Nancy, we're not alone. So many writers struggle through those negative phases. Guess they're part of the writing life!

Debby Giusti said...

Jodi, sorry about your illness, but don't let it take over your life. God planted a seed, you need to work the soil, water and help that seed to bear fruit. Try using your struggle with illness in your writing. God will allow your pain to touch others in a very powerful way.

Praying for you!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Debbie, excellent advice. I battle fear daily.

I have a sign over my computer that says, I have the mind of Christ and I AM SMART ENOUGH TO WRITE THIS BOOK.

And Villager Sally Shupe said this once in the comments and I also have this over my desk:

"Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18 Do you have a vision? Work out a plan to make that come to pass. Remember, God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ask or imagine.

Missy Tippens said...

Evelyn, I love this idea! Thanks for sharing how you battled the inner critic.

Mary Connealy said...

Ignore the negative oh man can THIS apply to anything.
It's exactly right for a writer, we are plagued with self-doubts.

But it is true of nearly ANYTHING.
Who do I think I am to be in charge of this?
What's the matter with you, you never volunteer to be in charge of things?

That comes at your from every direction unless you fight it...RECOGNIZE IT...and the voice of the king of lies!!!!!

Mary Connealy said...

I've got a copy, given to me by you, Debby of The Writer's Prayer.

Such a lovely spirit to it!!!!

kaybee said...

DEBBY, what a good post and so encouraging. It is good to hear these words from someone who's "been there." And "done that." And survived.
Satan wants us to be discouraged and wants to get us down, whether it's in writing or something else. We need to rip out his seeds before they take root.
Back later,

Mary Connealy said...

As far as God's timing being perfect, what this always reminds me of is a revelation I had a few years back that JESUS, with every word He speaks in the Bible, is focused on our souls.
Yes he healed the sick, raised the dead, fed hungry people. But when he did one of those powerful miracles, then LISTEN TO WHAT HE SAYS.

He talks about saving souls. Trusting God with your soul.

When you read the Bible and focus on Jesus words as his love for your SOUL, it all means something very different than the physical.

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J Baugh said...

Thank you, Debby!

Debby Giusti said...

I love both quotes, Tina! Both so true! Funny that so many of us struggle with fear! Guess it's human nature. So glad God is in charge!


Debby Giusti said...

Mary C, I never think of you having self-doubts! Have you fooled me all these years?

Debby Giusti said...

Wise words, KB, and so true!

Debby Giusti said...

So true, Mary C! Jesus wants each of us to have eternal life with him. We get too hung up on worldly problems. :)

Debby Giusti said...

You're welcome, J Baugh!

Mary Connealy said...

Debby, oh yes I have fooled EVERYONE. Usually at about the mid=point of every single book I have a spell when I think, "This story is dead. What kind of piece of garbage am I churning out here?" No action, no humor, no PLOT!!!!!!!!!!

Then the book comes out and I always read my books right when it arrives in print or in eformat. And I think, "Hey this isn't so bad!"

Debby Giusti said...

I need to start reading my stories after publication. I always remember the earlier stages when nothing works! :)

Guess we're all alike, Mary C.


Nicky Chapelway said...

Fear. It's just a four letter word, you know, and yet it affects us all so strongly. Especially when your book- your baby- has been entered into a blog tour and is going to read and reviewed by complete STRANGERS!

You start to hear that negative voice telling you that your story isn't good enough. That your readers are going to find it childish and are going to give you horrible reviews. Your family all read it and enjoyed it, but they're family... of course they are going to say that.

This is what I face as the deadline for the blog tour of my book is coming up at blinding speeds (it starts next Tuesday, AHHHH!!!!!!). All the fear, anxiety, feelings of insecurity, but the truth of the matter is that there is little to nothing I can do about the outcome of my book's blog tour now. I wrote the book, got it into the tour, and now it's all in God's hands. And even if the people don't like my story I'm just going to have to pick myself up, dust myself off, and move on in my writing career.

Thanks your timely post was of great encouragement. Glad to know that I am not the only person to experience all these doubts about my stories. Please enter my name for the drawing.

Myra Johnson said...

"I have the mind of Christ and I AM SMART ENOUGH TO WRITE THIS BOOK."

I love your sign, TINA! Awesome encouragement!

Janet Dean said...

DEBBY, your post has comforted and challenged us today. The comments reveal that most of us battle doubt and negative voices. I'm thankful we can share our hearts and bolster one another with Scripture and not give the devil an inch.


Debby Giusti said...

Nicky, I know your story will be well received. We have to trust ourselves, don't we...certainly by the time of our story's release. Hope you can enjoy all the excitement that surrounds a debut.

Mega congrats! So proud of you!!!


Debby Giusti said...

So glad we have this blog community, Janet! What you said is so true!


Heidi Robbins said...

I love your advice! Battling the negative voice is a struggle for me, so thank you for sharing a method to overcome it!

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Heidi,
Don't give fear an inch! And get rid of the negative voice. Okay? Write your positive affirmations and believe in yourself and your ability!


Barbara Scott said...

Great post, Debby! Lord, help me to be patient and wait on your timing.

Barbara Scott said...

Great post, Debby! Lord, help me to be patient and wait on your timing.

Debby Giusti said...

Barb, we always want to take control, don't we! Waiting on his perfect timing is often a challenge.


Edwina Cowgill said...

Hi Debby,

First, I hope there is some chocolate cake left because if there's ever been a day when I need to devour chocolate - this is the day!

I appreciate your post so much. You touched on things that I experience almost every time I sit down in front of the computer. So thank you for sharing your experience and your wisdom.

Please enter my name in the drawing.


Boo Smelser said...

Your post is really encouraging- it's good to know I'm not the only one who goes through this! This is what I do when the negative voices come: mentally reach out and grasp God, reminding myself that no matter what, I'm still His child, and then plod on. Please enter my name into the drawing.

Debby Giusti said...

Edwina, you're in the drawing. Yes, lots of cake left!!! Sorry you've had a rough day!

Hugs and love headed your way...along with the cake!

Debby Giusti said...

Love your remedy for fear, Boo!

Thanks for sharing.


Sherida Stewart said...

Debby, thank you for your excellent post to conquer my self-doubts. These days, I'm holding the knowledge of God's perfect timing close to my heart.

Your Writer's Prayer is a treasured blessing. When I'm working, I keep it right by my laptop to direct my prayers for each writing session. Thank you...for being the scribe...and sharing this encouragement!

DebH said...

late to the post today. the Gupster is down with fever and aches. stayed home from work to give little man TLC. poor guy had to miss a field trip to a local farm too. Pray for him if you get a chance. It looks like he'll be staying home again tomorrow because of that clingy fever.

I love this post, Debby. I have a copy of the Writer's Prayer I won way back when. It's awesome to read and remind me. I know I'm a writer, I just have yet to give myself permission to really pursue it because of family right now. That, and I'm not sure which genre I should aim for. I love to read suspense and cozy mysteries, but I also find myself gravitating to fantasy and children stuff.

While I strive for focus on direction, I camp out here at Seekerville for wisdom, learning and God-Blessed support for life in general. LOVE IT!!!!!!

Laura Conner Kestner said...

This is such an encouraging post, DEBBY. Thank you! I've noticed that when I forget that first step - praying - the rest of them are harder to get right, no matter what the project.

Btw, no need to enter me in the drawing, I recently won a copy of Plain Truth, and loved it!! And thanks for sending the Writer's Prayer along. I'm keeping in on my desk where I can see it everyday.

Laura Conner Kestner said...

DebH, just noticed your comment - praying for your son.

Debby Giusti said...

Sherida, thank you for your kind words about The Writer's Prayer. I'm so glad the prayer is meaningful to you.

We all struggle with self-doubt. So glad we could discuss our struggles today.


Sandy Smith said...

Thanks, Debby, for the encouragement to keep going. I need to remind myself of all these things.

Very late checking in today. Between my two jobs I worked 13 hours today.

Audra Harders said...

Amen, Debby. To every word!!

Debby Giusti said...

DebH, prayers for your little one. It's so hard when our children are sick. Hope he feels better in the morning.

You didn't mention your job...working as a mom and also in your profession. You're doing so much. Take your time with writing. God will open the right doors at the right time.


Debby Giusti said...

Laura, it all starts with prayer, doesn't it! Thanks for being part of our Seekerville family!


Debby Giusti said...

Thirteen hours, Sandy! Oh my. Get some rest. Hope tomorrow is easier. You're so sweet to stop by the blog after your long day.


Debby Giusti said...

Thanks, Audra!

Terri said...

Debby, I believe you've caught me. I haven't done as much to dispel fear as I should, but I'm currently working on that. I love your Writer's Prayer. I framed a copy in my office and it sits on my desk. Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us.

Fedora said...

Debby, thanks so much for the lovely post today! I'm not a writer, but find that many of your points are relevant also for this freelance editor :) God IS in control of my career, of my work, and I really want to remember that I can honor Him in it, that He provides the work and the time in which to do it.

Thank you for the godly perspective!

Debby Giusti said...

Terri, I'm touched that you framed The Writer's Prayer. Don't get discouaged. Your hard work will pay off!

Debby Giusti said...

Fedora! Yes to everything you said. God is in control of our careers, and he wants the best for us.

Tracie Bonnick said...

Great article! Very encouraging. One of the steps I took to overcome fear and achieve my goals was "just do it". It sounds simple however it was frightening when I wrote my first stage play and after 900 people showed up for the first production I felt then God was on my side. Thank you for sharing the writers prayer.

Rebecca McLafferty said...

Hi Debby! I just received a copy of "Plain Truth" that I won from Seekerville. I can't wait to get reading it. Thank you so much! Also, many thanks to you for this lesson. Those negative voices can become so dominant if we let them. Blessings to you!

Debby Giusti said...

Congrats, Tracie, on your success! How exciting to produce a play!!! I like your tip...

Just Do It! Yes!!!


Debby Giusti said...

Rebecca, hope you enjoy PLAIN TRUTH! Yes, we all need to control the negative voices.


Marcia said...

Thank you, Debby for your encouraging words. I so needed this post. Sometimes I feel like an imposter when I say I'm a writer. I read every comment and was given even more encouragement and guidance. Maybe this is God's way of telling me not to give up and carry on. He even provided the chocolate! Thanks again and God's blessings to all of us that struggle.

CatMom said...

Excellent post, Debby! (I actually read it yesterday, but by the time I returned to my computer last night it was time for the Pres. Debate *sigh*). As you know, YOU are one of my author friends I most admire, so your wisdom and encouragement are always welcome!
Hugs, Patti Jo :)

Debby Giusti said...

Marcia, don't give up! God has called you to write. Keep working! He's counting on you. There's a story only you can tell that will help someone else. I believe in you!!!

Debby Giusti said...

Patti Jo, I treasure your friendship!

Love you!

Marcia said...

Thanks again, Debby, you are such an inspiration to me! xo

Just Commonly said...

Don't know how I miss this one. Great post Debby. Kick Mr. Negative goodbye! Thanks for sharing your journey with us. No need to enter me for Plain Truth. I have it. *wink!

Elizabeth Van Tassel said...

Thank you for your encouraging words here Debby! It is so important to indeed "take every thought captive" and really examine its value. I love your characterization here of Mr. Negative and ways to overcome it all. You make Seekerville so special for us all! We've been having a particularly difficult season right now and my writing time is especially precious. I've printed a picture of Jesus and it's right near the computer. When I have doubts or troubles, they seem to melt away with one small glance and prayer of the heart. Bless you!

Deanna Stevens said...

Some Death By Chocolate cake sounds delish, You certainly have some sage advise for authors..
please toss me into the dish..

Sherri said...

Debby - Your article was so encouraging in so many ways. Thank you! And I'd love to get entered into the drawing! Now, to go turn some of that fear into freedom!!! Onward...

Sherri said...

Loved your comment...

Holly Ison said...

I just love reading the posts on Seekerville! I enjoy getting to know the authors, learning about new books, and getting tips for the book I would someday love to complete.
Thanks for the chance at winning--I have my own copy of Plain Truth, but my sister has tried to take it, so it would be a great Christmas gift for her. :)

Michelle F. said...

I'm not that good at overcoming fear; I have a lot of anxiety. It's best to not procrastinate and just do it, whatever it is.

Connie said...

Debby, you've given all of us much food for thought. Prayer is the key for all professions and all situations and we all know that the greatest advocate of negativity is Satan himself and we have to overcome him daily.
Thank you and blessings!

Connie said...

Debby, you've given all of us much food for thought. Prayer is the key for all professions and all situations and we all know that the greatest advocate of negativity is Satan himself and we have to overcome him daily.
Thank you and blessings!