(This post was originally published on my Instagram account.)

Writing is not my strong suit. I have to work really hard at it.

I feel like I’m REALLY good at coming up with cool plot points and action, but I have a hard time linking it all together in a coherent narrative.

That’s why I’m so thankful to have some awesome beta readers in my corner! They’re my A-Team and they’ve helped my manuscript grow from a fun little story into the epic beginning of an amazing adventure!

My mantra with this project has been TRUST THE PROCESS. It’s so hard to not get in a hurry, to not feel like “good enough” is OK. It’s hard to not want to give up sometimes.

But when I think about my beta readers, there’s accountability there. If I give up then I’ve wasted their time. If I second guess myself then I’m questioning their judgement. It’s the kind of motivation that a guy like me, who struggles with depression and self doubt, really needs.

So whatever it is you’re trying to accomplish, get yourself a team of believers. And lean on them. It’ll make a world of difference.