Monday, December 10, 2007

The Gift of Permission

When you make the decision to move forward in your writing career, it will be the first of many. You will hit many obstacles and frankly, it will be tempting to turn back.

"It’s too hard you say."

"I didn’t know it would take so much time."

This thought comes to mind: Do you truly want to reach your destination?

It is in this moment of decision that your destiny is shaped.

These decisions are YOURS to make. Remind yourself why you began this journey in the first place.

Give yourself the gift of Permission: The permission to fail, doubt and succeed, then open that gift of permission and recognize that you are moving toward your goal and you have made the right choice. A quitter never feels true commitment and will never know the glory of success.

Write it down,



  1. Giving yourself permission is a start but you can set yourself free with one hand and hold yourself back with another. I'm talking about guilt here, feeling guilty for not taking the established route through life.

    It's like going to a nudist colony, shedding your clothes but not your inhibitions. You could defend yourself and say, "Well, I'm naked, aren't I? What more is there to see?" Being naked on the inside it a lot harder, exposing who you really are. So, we strip of the conventions of a "normal" life and then what?

    Nobody can make that step any easier. But one day you'll find yourself there. It's like growing up. You're not a boy one day and a man the other but one day you have to look in the mirror, see a man and believe that man is you. I don't think I became comfortable calling myself a writer until I had four novels under my belt.

  2. Hi Jim,
    I like your perspective on the guilt trip. My question is Who decides what the established route is for you or me?

    Your analogy regarding the nudist colony fits perfectly.

    Thanks for dropping by.

  3. We have to decide for ourselves but that usually involves swimming against the tide of public opinion.

  4. That is how I wrote my book "Sightlines: A Poet's Diary." I felt free, for the first time, and just wrote from my heart, what really needed to said...what folks really needed to know. It was a break-through for me, that sense of freedom and permission to just say.


  5. Hi Janet, I love that description: "permission to just say".

    Jim some times we know we are doing the right thing when the tide of so called public opinion is against us. After all where does public opinion come from?