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July 05, 2017

#Sparks VS #Doubt



Question: What is one valuable lesson you've learned since you started writing?

My Answer: Don’t let #Doubt extinguish your #Sparks. 


A spark is the reason why you do what you do. It’s the pulse for your passion. It’s your inspiration and creativity. Sparks can motivate you, encourage you, challenge you, empower you. Sparks can give you insight and wisdom. Sparks are magical!

When we read, the text that invigorates us…what is it? Sparks.

When we find things that inspire us, those are sparks.

When we find motivational tools that work, those are sparks.

When I provide tips on my blog for writing, what am I sharing? Sparks.

#Sparks are powerful.

#Doubt is also powerful.

If we let it, #Doubt can kill our dreams, and that would be a tragedy. Don’t let #Doubt extinguish your dreams. Your dreams deserve to come to life.

Fight #Doubt with #Sparks.

Look for sparks everywhere. In books, nature, people, art, blogs. Everything has the potential to be a spark, which is why #Sparks are more powerful than #Doubt.

We must collect sparks like kindling and use them. That’s the key. Sparks aren’t #Sparks unless they are used. Use that inspiration you discovered. Let yourself be motivated. When you do, you’ll start a fire, because that’s what sparks do.

#Sparks ignite blazes. Within us.

Now go out and find the #Sparks you need to ignite your stories, dreams, and life!


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INSECURITY: To beat my insecurity of being Chrys Fey in public, I've been taking baby steps, and one of those steps is to do videos.

Now I have a YouTube Channel!

I need 100 subscribers to create a custom URL.

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Right now, I'm sharing videos about marketing.

Tomorrow I'll be sharing my 4th video about Goodreads.



92 comments:

Jennifer Hawes said...

Everyday I have to beat self-doubt with a stick. My mind usually returns pretty quickly though to the sparks. I hope you are having a wonderful week!

nashvillecats2 said...

Having faith in one's ability is a must if you want to be successful.
Enjoyed your answer Chrys.

Yvonne.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Yes! Sparks can beat back doubts - we just have to keep fanning those flames. :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

For every doubt we need a spark. Two if we can get them.

Pat Hatt said...

Those sparks can sure shine on through any self doubt. The way to be at one's sea.

Juneta key said...

You are awesome and courageous.
' Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

Bish Denham said...

I love your idea of sparks! Sparks to dispel the doubt.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Just takes a few sparks to start a fire so big doubt can't douse it.

Meka James said...

Love your post! #Doubt is powerful. It kept me from moving forward for a long time until I found this group. This group, and the wonderful people here did #spark my interest and determination again to finish my current WIP. I'm close now and I don't think I would have gotten to this point without the support here and posts like the one you just did. Thanks to you and all the others here.

M.J. Fifield said...

I struggle constantly with doubt. I love those sparks that push it back.

Lisa Thomson said...

You're on fire, girl! You've sparked!! Love this post and sparks are definitely what keep me writing. Doubt slows me down... it's always lurking...but sparks will ignite.

emaginette said...

I think doubt is a way to keep ourselves safe and unharmed. But safe doesn't have the same rewards as following the spark. Love how you put this. :-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

Shah Wharton said...

I need more sparks to fight off the deluge of doubt I'm constantly drowning in. :)

Shah X
http://shahwharton.com

Chrys Fey said...

So do I. Luckily, those sparks help me to do it. :)

Chrys Fey said...

So true.

Chrys Fey said...

Fanning and fanning and fanning. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

Two sparks are sometimes a must.

Chrys Fey said...

They sure can. They can be small, but they can be bright.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you! <3

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks!

Chrys Fey said...

Exactly. :)

Chrys Fey said...

The IWSG certainly provides many #sparks. I'm so glad you found the IWSG and the #sparks you needed. <3

Chrys Fey said...

Doubt is a pesky creature.

Chrys Fey said...

Doubt likes to linger. We just have to throw a spark at it to get it to jump back a step. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

Doubt could look like safety, but it's really being restricting. It's holding us back.

Chrys Fey said...

Go on a spark hunt! :D

Jemi Fraser said...

Love it! Those Doubts can really be tough to handle. I'm working on it - I'll remind myself of all those Sparks! :)

Christine Rains said...

LOVE this post! Yes, those sparks keep us going. Doubts can be nasty monsters, but the sparks are the heroes. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Doubt can be tough to handle, but we are tougher. Especially armed with sparks. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks!

Sparks are the heroes...I like that. :D

cleemckenzie said...

Doubt is a firehose when you turn it on those sparks. I never doubted myself as much as I have since I started writing.

Chrys Fey said...

Doubt can be a fire hose if you let it. But if you let those sparks become a blaze, a fire hose will have a hard time putting that out.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Yes! Doubt can be overwhelming - feeling, but sparks can always dispel it. Thanks for sharing, Chrys!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I subscribed to your channel. I attended a workshop about creating a channel but haven't dared yet.

Chrys Fey said...

You're welcome! :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you! If you ever create a channel, let me know. :)

Carrie-Anne said...

Sparks are very important and powerful. Sometimes a spark can be planted at a certain time, yet not ignite and come to its intended purpose until many years later.

Chrys Fey said...

That's so true. Some sparks are like seeds.

Victoria Marie Lees said...

Sparks are ideas that germinate, Chrys. And like everyone is saying, it can take years. Thanks for such a concise, pithy post. All best to you!

Liz A. said...

I've found the doubt creeps in after the initial spark has done its job. In that moment, you have to remember that the spark of an idea was correct and not let the doubt diminish the momentum.

Chrys Fey said...

Sparks can take time to grow. No arguments here on that... :)

Chrys Fey said...

So true. The first spark can diminish. That's when new sparks are needed to keep the story idea alive, or to keep us going. :)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Yes, I need to use those sparks to beat down the doubts a lot both in writing and in dealing with life changes. But your post is so inspiring about doing it.

Chrys Fey said...

I'm glad you think this post is inspiring. I was hoping it'd be a spark for someone. ;)

Adrienne Reiter said...

HI Chrys! I subscribed to your channel. Great first post. So nice to put a voice to the face and name. The vlogs on my channel are tongue and cheek. Would love it if you checked it out. Hope you're having a fantastic summer!

Anonymous said...

I think self doubt likes to gang up w/ insecurity. Good thing I'm too stubborn to let either beat me. >8D

Chrys Fey said...

I'm just like you. Keep that stubbornness, girl! :D

Chrys Fey said...

I will definitely check out and subscribe to your channel. And thank you for subscribing to mine! :!

Olga Godim said...

Wonderful post, Chrys! "Sparks are magical!" How true!

N. R. Williams said...

As I read about #sparks, I began to imagine a jar full of fireflies. Now, I want to make a jar full of little tiny lights and put it on my desk to remind me of my sparkling ideas. No vampires allowed.
Nancy

Michael Di Gesu said...

Nicely said, Chyrs. Sparks are super important in our passion for writing and within the writing itself!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Chrys - Sparks keep us going ... the odd comment that one's not expecting - either in the real world, here or on social media - keeps the sparks alive ... well done on the YouTube - I've subscribed ... cheers Hilary

Laura Clipson said...

Doubt is a terrible thing, it can really mess with your head! Sparks definitely help to keep it at bay.

Patsy said...

Most valuable writing lesson I've learned is that I need to plan stuff.

Chemist Ken said...

I look for sparks everywhere. They appear in the oddest of places. I need all of them I can get. Thanks for the inspiration, Chrys.

The Cynical Sailor said...

I checked out your You Tube channel (and subscribed). You have a lovely presence on video. Well done to you for channeling your sparks into something that can help others.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Olga!

Chrys Fey said...

That's a lovely idea. :)

Chrys Fey said...

They sure are. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Hilary! Yes, comments have been sparks for me, as well. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Doubt loves to mess with our heads, right?

Chrys Fey said...

I love to plan, so I don't have that problem. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

Good for you! We all need a barrel full to get through. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you so very much!

Julie Flanders said...

Reading this post was a SPARK for me. So powerful and inspiring!! Thanks for sharing, Chrys. :)

Chrys Fey said...

YAY!!! You're very welcome. :)

Mark said...

Subscribed! Keep up the good work:)

Sharon Himsl said...

This is great advice, Chrys. When doubt creeps in we have to fight hard against it. I've been there! Time to start gathering more of those sparks for when the 'doubt storm' comes!

Samantha Bryant said...

Doubt is a sneaky fella, always creeping in on you. Like a game of red light, green light, he creeps up on when your back is turned. I like the idea of collecting sparks and using them to light your way when doubt clouds it.

@mirymom1 from
Balancing Act

Yolanda Renée said...

Doubts are killer but those sparks eventually appear and light the way - you are so right!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you! :)

Chrys Fey said...

A spark can lead the way to safety when a doubt storm comes. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Seeing everyone embracing the idea of sparks is so amazing. I have so many happy feels right now. haha

Chrys Fey said...

Sparks can zap that doubt! ;)

Mandy said...

Congrats on your youtube channel! I hope you make it to your 100 subscribers quickly!

Great post. It's so easy to get distracted and frustrated by doubt. You put off doing the thing that gives you a spark because you are afraid or anxious or worried. Thanks for the reminder that we shouldn't let doubt get the best of us! ❤️

With Love,
Mandy

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

The trick lies in keeping those sparks brighter than the doubts. We all have a good share of both. (But it took YOU to describe it so well.)

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

I like your "sparks." Neat. I also joined your You Tube. I must go there more often. It's fun.

Chrys Fey said...

Trying to get that first 100 is tough.

Thank you, Mandy!

I've done that. That's certainly doubt trying to keep us from those sparks, because doubt knows a spark can defeat it.

Chrys Fey said...

That is, indeed, the trick. Thanks, Susan!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you so much for subscribing!!!

Cynthia said...

Sometimes sparks of inspiration can stem from stuff that initially appear to cause doubt. And then I consider how I can turn the lemons into lemonade...

Nick Wilford said...

The thing about sparks is that we need to catch them while they're hot, so we need to keep our eyes open! And it's harder to do that if we're plagued by doubt. Another reason to keep positive.

Lux G. said...

Doubt has killed dreams more than failure. We need to fight it.
Very well said!

Magic Love Crow said...

Brilliant read! Very wise words Chrys! Thank you!

Chrys Fey said...

You're right about that. You are a master spark creator! :)

Chrys Fey said...

Definitely! Sparks are out there. We just have to be aware, be open, and be accepting. Especially when doubt is creeping in.

Chrys Fey said...

We sure do need to fight it. With all we have.

Chrys Fey said...

And thank you! :D

J.H. Moncrieff said...

I really need more sparks in my life right now. Bring them on, Universe. In the meantime, I will keep my eyes open for them.

Chrys Fey said...

Yes, being on the lookout is the key. You have to be open and be ready for them.

Neurotic Workaholic said...

I must confess that sometimes it's hard not to doubt myself, especially when there have been several people in my life whose harsh criticism have made me doubt myself even more. But like you said, sparks fly when we find things that inspire us. For me, watching a really good play, seeing a beautiful painting in a museum, or browsing in a bookstore is inspiring. The latter is especially full of sparks because I like being surrounded by so many books and the knowledge that there are all these creative, interesting people out there, writing.

Chrys Fey said...

I understand. I still doubt myself. All the time. My depression also makes it hard, but those sparks have saved me. Reading new books had really helped me. :)