Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Standing Outside the Fire?

Revisiting a Past Post

One of my favorite songs by Garth Brooks is Standing Outside The Fire. Not only does the music itself draw me in, but the words are powerful. The song is about taking chances.
The line...
"Life is not tried, it is merely survived, if you're standing outside the fire"
says it all. When we don't step inside that fire, our lives stay the same. We are, as Garth say, merely surviving.

This applies so well to writing. There are many writers out there who want to take that step into "the fire," but they just hang back and watch others take a chance. They watch others send out their novels to agents or queries to magazine editors or poems to contests. Then occasionally those in the fire do get "burned." The agent doesn't want the book, the editor says no thanks and someone else wins the contest.

The person on the outside, says, "See, I knew that would happen. That's why I stayed out here. It's safer." But, they also watch as the people who stay in the fire, get a book published, an article in a national magazine or win a contest. Then the outsider says, "I can do that do. I just haven't done it yet, but I will--someday."

So what kind of person are you with your writing? Are you hanging around the fire waiting for the perfect time to jump in? Are you standing far away, dreading ever jumping in? Or are you ready jump into that fire and go for it?

I say Go For It!

Here is Garth Brooks' video for this song. Enjoy-hopefully it will inspire you to take action.

Happy Writing!


Amy said...

Thanks for giving me a swift kick you-know-where to finish my last three chapters. I love your blog--thank you.

Missy said...

This song inspired me not long after it was released and continues to do so today. This is a great kick in the pants to anyone that needs a little encouragement.

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