Fun Feature Friday: bravery (n.)

Welcome to my very first Fun Feature Friday! I like how I’ve seen so many blogs with fun alliteration posts on certain days of the week, so I figured I’d jump on the bandwagon. I’m not completely solid on what the Fun Feature Friday is going to be featuring, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out. It won’t always be a word. I might do a theme for every month. Any thoughts on this are more than welcome, by the by. For today, I’m featuring a word: bravery.

Bravery (n.): Boldness

On Wednesday, I was brave. Not only did I cry only a few panicked tears when I locked my infant and keys in my minivan for about 15 minutes, but I put my writing out there. All 17 words of it. I discovered a new blog called Miss Snark’s First Victim by Authoress. She was asking for people’s first 25 words of their novel. She would post it, and people could comment about whether they were hooked or not.

I submitted. The logical cutoff spot was after 17 words, so I didn’t get the full 25 in. When she posted it here the next day, I was shaking in my boots. How can I look at what people have said about my work? Will I handle it?

You might be saying, get a grip, Karen. I know, because I was saying it too. 17 words and you’re freaking out? Whatever. But those are my 17 words. Mine, I tell you! And they’re very precious to me. So yes, I was brave to put them out in the big, wide world. (And if you haven’t noticed, I haven’t posted any of my work on my very own blog yet.)

The truth is–writers are brave. And I’m not saying this to pat my own back & say, Well I’m a writer, aren’t I brave? But in a way, maybe I am. I have to be brave when I blog post. When I go to writer’s group each week. When I let those 17 words go. I’ll probably keel over from a heart attack when I send out my completed manuscript to agents and publishers. That’ll take every ounce of bravery in me. And each time I have to read a critique on my words, that’ll take all that bravery too. Good thing bravery has the tendency to replenish itself.

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Book Quotes about Bravery

“I was a whole lot frightened,” said honest Walter. “But I’m not going to be frightened any more, sir. Being frightened of things is worse than the things themselves.” (from Rainbow Valley by L.M. Montgomery)

“Despereaux marveled at his own bravery. He admired his own defiance. And then, reader, he fainted.” (from The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCarmillo

“You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz. “All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.” (from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum)

“It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.” (from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee)

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This weekend, I’m building up my bravery. Because on Tuesday, I’m going to post a page with a summary of my work-in-progress novel and the first work-in-progress chapter.

The rest of you–pick something brave you want to do. Send off your manuscript! Post comments on blogs! Give the world 17 words of your work-in-progress! And then feel like this girl:

Have a fabulous, brave weekend. Let me know if you accomplish something bold. We should be fearsome together. 🙂

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About Karen Krueger

I write for teens when I'm not chasing after two cute kids. I love to sing and eat cereal (though not at the same time), and I most certainly am not a vampire because I'm addicted to sunshine.
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2 Responses to Fun Feature Friday: bravery (n.)

  1. P.S. Arrrg! Stupid formatting.

  2. Angela M says:

    FOund you on the Hop, looking forward to reading more of your posts. HEre’s me http://readingangel002.blogspot.com/

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