Day 376: Courage to Write, Courage to Listen: Twin Assets in Your Author’s Journey

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

-Winston Churchill

There is a time to courageously express myself on the page. There is also a time to courageously listen to constructive feedback from my readers.

Same courage. Different applications.

It’s important to remember we’re commanded to be courageous in all things/

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
–Joshua 1:9

You wrote a book because you want to help people. So listen to their opinions – their praise and their criticism – and use this feedback to push you to grow as an author and as a human being.

Courage requires us to speak up. Courage also requires humility and a willingness to acknowledge when we’re wrong – and correct those errors as fast as we can.

These are the “teaching moments” of life that we don’t often welcome, but we need.

So, every time you act courageously, whether it's hitting the 'Publish' button or rewriting a chapter based on feedback from your readers, take a moment to acknowledge it. Share on X

This encourages you to stay on the courage train so you will continue to express your experience, strength and hope so it resonates with your reader.

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