I came across this quote from the New England theologian, William Greenough Taylor Shedd, while searching for an image to depict courage. Sure, I could have used a lion. Doesn’t the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz immediately pop into the head of anyone over the age of 40? For all he wanted was Courage. But, any image tied to the ocean calls to me. I also think the concept of “taking on a challenge” found in Shedd’s words are excellent connotations for Courage. Other immediate images of courage may be a solider, or a skydiver, a ship captain’s, or a doctor. Maybe even, a writer.

This week I took the dive and entered a short story writing contest, co-hosted and managed by the Public Library Association and Short Edition. The entry places my writing out into the public for a wider audience for comments and judging. While it would be fantastic to win the $1,000 grand prize, I’ll be happy with more people starting to see my name listed as “author”.  I hope some will also enjoy the premise of my story and determine it a worthy submission.

You can read it here:

If you truly “like” it, feel free to hit the “like” button. If you feel compelled to comment, I’d appreciate any feedback.

Crafting an interesting story takes skill and courage, too. You need to develop characters with depth, admirable traits, and flaws to make them real. Antagonists are meant to be despised to add intrigue and dimension. Protagonists need to face fears and challenges and find the courage to take steps forward, make mistakes, learn and grow.

This week, I also finished a scene for Eliza which required her to summon her own style of courage. A sense of moral strength will guide her through this scene and set her up for other challenges ahead. She needs to be vocal to make a difference. She needs to stare down the antagonist in this scene and prevail. I hope I’ve given her enough courage to succeed.


2 thoughts on “Courage

  1. Hi Janis, Flagpole was amazing! In my mind’s eye, I could see To turning and looking out the window, I could feel his anguish in choosing to live and die as an American. Everything was real, raw and authentic. Thank you so much for sharing this with me. Please keep writing, you are terrific!! Lori

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  2. Well said, Janis! You are courageous, strong and kind. I am proud to be your friend. Have a great week and thank you for taking us on your journey of becoming a writer!


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