By Norma Hopcraft, originally posted at the Center for Faith and Work.

It takes an inordinate amount of courage to reveal our lives—our bad choices, our weaknesses and foibles, our very souls—in our writing. So the title of the Center for Faith and Work’s workshop for writers, “Fearless: Accessing Hidden Creativity Through the Written Word,” snapped me to attention. We long to be known (and we are by God, thank God!), even as we fear people’s judgment. A prayer for bravery is probably the way to start any writing. It’s how I begin when I face the screen or the page.

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