I wrote a book and I’m afraid it’s stupid.
It’s not a book per say. It’s a novella. (What else do you call a piece of writing that’s 20K words short of novel-status?)
And wouldn’t say I’m afraid it’s stupid.
Okay, maybe I would say that.
Re’and is a fantasy story, which means it’s set in an imagined world. There are mermaids and fairies. I made up names for my characters. I blush when I explain the plot, when I speak the title aloud (pronounced “ree-and”). This is the longest piece of work I’ve ever produced and it’s lived safely on my hard drive for years. I’m just afraid my little word baby will be seen as ridiculous.
Do you ever feel like your ideas are dumb?
Surely I’m not alone.
“What if it’s stupid?” I asked Ben.
“What if it’s not?” he countered.
Did I mention I love that man? What would I do without my best friend, my confidant, my sounding board?
He pointed out that ‘orcs’ and ‘hobbits’ are made up words, but they don’t seem stupid. He reminded me of C.S. Lewis’ thoughts on creativity, something about our desire to create imaginary worlds is because we are made in the image of our Creator God. And he admitted that, no, this little work may not be the best thing I’ll ever write, but it’s heading that way.
On Ben’s encouragement, I’m moving forward. I’m going to put this little book out there for you to read. I figure if I make the news public, then you all can hold me accountable to get it done. Currently some writers-in-arms are giving the book a read through. A friend of mine who’s a wonderful illustrator is designing the cover art. I’m researching all the nuts and bolts of self-publishing. I’m praying continually that my heart be in the right place in this project. I want to do this right. I want to do this well for you. Lord willing, this Fall you’ll have a lovely little story to get lost in.
So what should you do when you’re afraid your idea is stupid?
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.