GeorgiaGeorgia Shaffer here from Pennsylvania where the fall foliage is beautiful.

I never yearned to be a writer. I never wanted to write a book. But life’s experiences have a way of changing you, your dreams, and your desires.

After experiencing the loss of my health, job and marriage, I had an irresistible urge to write a book sharing practical information about how to restore our lives after unwanted change. There was one major problem. I couldn’t write. At least in a way that anyone would choose to read.

I have four college degrees, full of A’s. But I have two lonely C’s on my college transcripts—in English and writing. And I worked hours upon hours just to get those C’s. During my freshman year in college, I spent my Christmas vacation, writing one paper to improve my English grade.

After my instructor read what I had written, she called me into her office and threatened to fail me.
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Susy Author Shot 10-10 I’m afraid to write. And I’m a writer. Crazy, huh? This is Susy Flory. I’ve written four nonfiction books so far and yet, every time I sit down to write, I am afraid. I have a very hard time getting started. Have you ever felt that way? If so, you are not alone. Many, many, many successful and multi-published writers tremble each time they pick up a pencil (or a keyboard). “Writing and fear go together,” wrote Ralph Keyes. “If you’re not scared, you’re not writing.”

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