The Power (and Risk) of Commitment by @Beth_Barany

the-power-and-risk-of-commitmentA few years ago, I was sad because I wasn’t yet published. I asked myself what was the difference between my skills and my colleagues who had self-published.

When I was done feeling sad, I realized the difference was that they were writing and going for it — taking risks, publishing their work.

What was holding me back?

I was afraid of the unknown, afraid of what really going for it would mean.

How can you know the unknown?

You can’t.

You need to leap and trust and commit to the process no matter what.

Creativity is a deep and mysterious and beautiful thing.

Can you be all in? Can you commit to your dream of sharing your stories with the world?

It’s a scary and risky thing. What if your work is poorly received? Worse, what if no one even notices your book?

But if you are deeply committed to being a published novelist, then that is a risk you need to take.


In journal writing, a prompt I often use is “What I really want is…” I use this as many times as necessary to listen in to what I desire. I let myself share mundane and deep desires, silly and serious.

Your Turn: What are you committed to? What are you deeply committed to? Look deep, feel deep, and allow your deepest truths to bubble up from the unconscious.


Post your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to hear them.

Ready to go for it?

Then join us for our Plan Your Novel Party so you can plan your novel before you write it. The Plan Your Novel Party is on Saturday, Oct. 29th, 10am to 6pm, your local time. Sign up here. It’s gonna be fun! And please tell your friends!

After you plan it, it’s time to write it…

Write Your Novel Support Group

Also, if you’d to join our Write Your Novel Support group that starts November 1st, go here. Registration closes Friday, Nov. 4th.

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Have a Happy and Creative Week!

And thanks for showing up for yourself and doing your creative work!

All our best,
Beth and Ezra

PS. Oh, the end of the story! Once I realized that I wanted to risk and commit to the unknown and scary journey of being a romance author, I published 5 romance novellas in 2 years and wrote 4 more novels, 2 of them in my YA fantasy series, the other 2 still unpublished.

And because I committed to my writing more deeply than ever before and wrote more books more quickly than I ever had, I had to develop tools to support this process. That’s how I came up with my Plan Your Novel Accordion method that I have for you as a party favor for the party this Saturday! Hope to see you there!

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Beth and Ezra Barany are award-winning, best-selling novelists, with 20 books and 7 awards to their name. They are teachers who have worked with over 100 authors to help them get their books written and published and into the hands of their readers.

♥ Happily married for over 16 years, we’re passionate about writing, storytelling, and guiding authors to achieve their dreams.

♥ We offer coaching, change work sessions, book marketing coaching (Beth) and cover design (Ezra), all for genre novelists. More at

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I support writers and aspiring authors through classes and workshops, articles, books, group programs, and consultations with private clients.

I also help authors because I walk my talk; everything I or my teachers teach is based on real experience and matured through the school of hard knocks.

I believe that the creative life works better with play and love, so with playful joy, I offer you goodies to support you in your writer’s adventure.



An award-winning novelist, certified creativity coach and Master NLP Practitioner, Beth runs Writer’s Fun Zone, a blog for and by writers, and her recently launched school for novelists, the Barany School of Fiction.

Beth writes young adult (YA) fantasy and contemporary fantasy romance. She also writes how-to books and courses for novelists, including her home study coaching guide, The Writer’s Adventure Guide: 12 Stages to Writing Your Book, a Hero’s Journey adaption with you the author as the hero in your own adventure of writing your book.

Her latest book for writers is Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing Strategies for Shy Writers.

In her downtime, Beth reads, colors, watches movies with her sweetie, travels, and has coffee with friends and family. And plays with her cat, gardens, and walks. And sleeps. She loves sleep.

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