Got that earworm stuck in your head now? Wish I could say I'm sorry, but I'm not.
There's a pretty good reason that song by Sara Bareilles is so popular. It strikes a chord with many of us. Let's talk about why.
Every one of us has, at one time or another, wished we'd handled some scenario in our lives differently. We think if only we'd been more proactive, more sure of ourselves. If only we'd been...brave.
It takes a lot of courage to stand up against adversity, and usually, we admire those who do. It's why we like our characters to be kick-ass and not milquetoast. Not just in books, but in movies, television shows, comic books. And history. Who doesn't feel a sense of awe when shown that photo of the lone man standing in front of the line of tanks in Tiananmen Square? Or when we hear the stories of the firefighters and police who raced into the World Trade Center on that fateful day?
And if you're a writer, you're brave, too. Brave is announcing to everyone you know, "I'm going to write a book," and then, sitting down to write it. Brave is hitting "Publish" or "Send" when that book is finished. And then sitting down to do it all over again. Brave is daring to create a new world inhabited by new characters. Brave is bucking the trends. Brave is putting your heart onto the page time and time again.
So, go ahead. Honestly, I wanna see you be brave.
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