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Fierce Knowing

Every day we make hundreds of decisions, big and small. Sometimes we meet these decisions with uncertainty, and other times we know exactly what to do.

And then there’s fierce knowing.

Fierce knowing abides with beliefs and feelings that run deep. This kind of knowing is visceral in nature, determined by circumstance or experience. You physically feel the rightness or wrongness of decision in your body. You can’t “learn” it—you know it when you feel it. You can’t articulate why you feel this way or how you know what you know—you just do. There’s no waffling, no indifference. It’s non-negotiable, not up for discussion.

It lets you stand wherever you are and say, “This is what I know, this is what I believe.” You are so solid in this knowing that you don’t try to convince other people—you don’t have to. Fierce knowing has no agenda. It doesn’t have to be grand or complicated. It doesn’t have to make sense. But you know you can trust it, even if no one else does.

Within that fierce knowing is a quiet truth that speaks to you. It affirms your own wisdom to make the right call or go down the road less traveled. It offers kindness when you’re uncertain. Don’t worry, it’ll be clear when it’s meant to be clear. You know that feeling. Cultivate it. Remember it. It’ll keep you anchored and grounded, reminding you that you’ve felt it before and can feel it again.

A writer’s path is often littered with emotional debris. Doubt, uncertainty, second-guessing, lack of confidence. Can I write this? Should I write this? This isn’t very good. I’m not very good. I should give up. This is terrible. This is hard. This doesn’t make any sense. And so on.

But then you write a sentence, a scene, a beginning, an ending. You feel it click into place. Wow, that was good. Perhaps you’re crafting a difficult letter after a long estrangement or misunderstanding. That’s what I wanted to say. That feels right. Maybe you’re doing research and coming up empty when you meet someone who says exactly what you need to hear. That couldn’t have been more perfect, thank you.