You can do this: head into the tunnel
You can do this: head into the tunnel

Bad Crap is happening. No matter where any of us fall on the political spectrum, we can see that.

It’s frightening. It hijacks imagination and energy, leaving only fear.

So what’s a creator to do?

Walk Through That Door

When I say, It’s time to write that story down, what springs to mind?

When I say, Don’t be afraid. You’ll BECOME good enough as you create it, what project bares its teeth?

When I say, This world cannot tell you what story is good and is not, what nearly-abandoned plot line jumps up and screams Here?

See that open door? Maybe you can’t; trust me, it’s there – and I know at the very least you can feel the breeze.

Walk through that door.

It Doesn’t Matter If You’re Not Ready

Feeling unprepared is awful. Feeling that you’re not good enough or skilled enough leaves scars.

HEAR THIS: Create anyway.

Even if this draft isn’t the one that’s published, it doesn’t matter. Your story, your vision, your song needs to unfurl, and the only way for that to happen is if you do the work.

Writing the thing you’re not yet prepared to write flattens the ground and paves the path. It pulls up tree roots and smooths the soil until you have a highway to your creation.

It doesn’t matter if you’re not ready. Create it anyway. Start creating it now.

You Can Do This

Yes, you can.

If you don’t give up, you can.

If you don’t quit, you can.

If you don’t lie down and refuse to rise, you can.

You can do this. Don’t give up.


A three-times bestselling author, Ruthanne Reid has led a convention panel on world-building, taught courses on plot and character development, and been the keynote speaker for the Write Practice Retreat. Author of two series with five books and fifty-plus short stories, Ruthanne has lived in her head since childhood, when she wrote her first story about a pony princess and a genocidal snake-kingdom and used up her mom’s red typewriter ribbon in the process. When she isn’t reading, writing, or reading about writing, Ruthanne enjoys old cartoons with her husband and two cats, and dreams of living on an island beach far, far away. P.S. Red is still her favorite color.