New HuffPo Article: Writing What Scares You

By Rachel Thompson | Blog

Jun 12


Over on The Huffington Post I share about getting past the excuses and just writing. Check out this except below and view the entire article here.  

I shared the statement below across my social media accounts:

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” — Sheryl Sandberg

There’s nobody standing over our shoulder saying, “Oh my god! You can’t write THAT!” So get over yourself. Write anything you want.

I was shocked, perhaps in a naïve kind of way, at how many people responded, saying things like:

“Well, you’ve never met my husband/wife!” or “My parents would freak!” or “What would my kids say?”

Let’s deconstruct.

Stop Worrying and Write Already!

There’s a world of difference between writing your story (be it fiction or nonfiction), and publishing it. It took me years to get to the point of being brave enough to share my story of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of a neighbor dad, as well as other difficult events that have shaped my life, yet I still had journaled about it for many years, my soul the only audience.

For the full article please go over to Huffington Post. To subscribe to my HuffPost Book updates, click here.


About the Author

Rachel Thompson is the author of newly released BadRedhead Media 30-Day Book Marketing Challenge: How to energize your book sales in a month - created to help authors market their book. She is also the author of Broken Places (one of IndieReader's "Best of 2015" top books and 2015 Honorable Mention Winner in the San Francisco Book Festival), and the multi award-winning Broken Pieces, as well as two additional humor books, A Walk In The Snark and Mancode: Exposed. She owns BadRedhead Media, creating effective social media and book marketing campaigns for authors. Her articles appear regularly in The Huffington Post, The San Francisco Book Review (BadRedhead Says…),,, and Self-Publishers Monthly. Not just an advocate for sexual abuse survivors, Rachel is the creator and founder of the hashtag phenomenon #MondayBlogs and two live Twitter chats: #BookMarketingChat (co-hosted with TheRuralVA, Emilie Rabitoy) and #SexAbuseChat, co-hosted with C. Streetlights and Judith Staff. She hates walks in the rain, running out of coffee, and coconut. She lives in California with her family.

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