Sarah McCarten

When I’m writing scared.


wild goslingsHello, apologies for being a little absent of late, I’ve been a bit busy, and also I’ve been a little reluctant to write this post. You see, I’m in a book and I’m ever so slightly nervous about that. For two reasons really, the first is, the book is about working with kids, and although I’m a nanny, I feel terribly out of my depth. The second reason is that I’m terrified of the people I’m writing with there.

I don’t do innovation; I don’t do creativity, when it comes to working with kids I do a pretty decent copy of what others have done. That’s it, and truth be told it’s served me pretty well over the past few years.

The men and women I’m writing alongside are writing giants, in my mind if not in theirs, and they terrify me. Some of them make a living from writing, and they all do it better than me. What’s more, they’re inspirational; honestly, even if you’re not into kids work you should read this book, because at some point we all interact with children, we all teach kids, in our every encounter with them.

So I guess you want to know why I’m in this book then, if I’m so unqualified and frightened. Well, let me tell you, it’s by utter fluke. Some of you might say it’s a Godincidence.

I took Elora Ramirez Story101 eCourse earlier this year and it was wonderful. Before it even began Brandy Walker sent us information that she was going to be writing a book and that she was looking for contributors. I jumped at the chance and I had no idea what I was doing. I wasn’t strategic, I wasn’t deliberate, and I wasn’t considered. If I’m honest after I approached Brandy I expected a kind but firm no. I didn’t get that, instead she welcomed me with open arms.

Being part of this project has been nothing shy of inspirational for me. While I feel inferior to most all of the contributors involved, I am so encouraged by their graciousness, by their honesty, by their vulnerability, and by their cheering me on. These are good people, people I’ve come to call my friends, and people I hope that I’ll get to work with in the future.

You can buy Wild Goslings here. If you purchase it through this link, I think, I’ll get paid some of the money from it, although with the internet one can never be too sure.

Grace and peace to you.

Author: sarahmccarten

2 thoughts on “When I’m writing scared.

  1. Ahhhhh Sarah!!!!. ME TOO!!!!!

    I jumped head long into being a contributor before my mind could catch up and warn me not too – because stupid fear does that – robs you of the chance to be more and to do more and to find hidden strength you always had. I am proud of you and honored to be in that Wild Goslings space too. It’s amazing. I almost rescinded my contribution too, but God spoke encouraging words, and I pushed through. I’m glad you did too. I am blessed because I find that what I wrote, even though I felt way outta my league, is really something I’ve been passionate about for a long time. Isn’t that just like God? He reaches in and plucks us up out of the miry yuck, sets our feet on solid ground, and reminds us who we really are! That is the beauty of Wild Goslings – as though we are living what we are teaching – as it should be – natural, real, and honest.

  2. I love this. And you. Thank you for your braveness and honesty. Writing scared is the best kind. And I am so so grateful you’re a part of WG.

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