Handle the Fear—Embrace the Dream

Part of our fear is that we think we have to do everything all at once.

We’re afraid of the size of the dream or the magnitude of the mission.

We think we have to accomplish everything in one sitting.

The enormity of that expectation paralyzes us.

I can’t write an entire book in one afternoon.

But I can do just about anything for 60 minutes.

That’s not too scary.

I can handle that.”

— Jon Acuff


Make Your Reader Believe

“If you tell the reader that Bull Beezley is a brutal-faced, loose-lipped bully, with snake’s blood in his veins, the reader’s reaction may be, ‘Oh, yeah!’ But if you show the reader Bull Beezley raking the bloodied flanks of his weary, sweat-encrusted pony, and flogging the tottering, red-eyed animal with a quirt, or have him booting in the protruding ribs of a starved mongrel and, boy, the reader believes!”

— Fred East