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Fierce on The Page by Sage Cohen

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Ride the Wave of Fear

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life, and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do.” —Georgia O’Keeffe

When Theo was a toddler and I set a limit he didn’t like, he told me that he was going to put me in jail. This logic intrigued me, because I see adults putting themselves in jail all the time. We do so because we are afraid, or because imprisonment seems safer than taking a real risk and failing. But if we know that we have jail to fall back on, why not experiment with freedom and see what possibilities might be waiting for us on the other side of the bars?

The writing life presents endless opportunities to meet fear. Facing the blank page, sending work out for publication, ...

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