The Writing Life: Overcoming Doubt with Faith - Learning Confidence in a Changing World



Overcoming Doubt with Faith: Learning Confidence in a Changing World

By, Kristyn Gansen

What do you do when your calling crosses paths with something that absolutely terrifies you?

For me, writing has always been a clear and easy passion. I sit down to write, and words come pouring out, time passes quickly, and all is right with the world. It's always been this way, since I was young. Writing is my calling, it's my passion. It's easy.

But when it comes to sharing my work with the world, and oh gosh, actually promoting that work? Eesh. I'm terrified. I struggle to put myself out there; I struggle with self-doubt.

When I was in high school, my English teacher came to me and asked me to be on the school newspaper. I absolutely loved the idea of writing the articles, but I really, truly did not want everyone in the student body to read what I'd written.

I was conflicted, and yet, when my teacher gave me that push, I decided to go for it. And wouldn't you know, as I wrote more articles, sharing became easier.

In October, I published my first children's book. In many ways, my experience was the same as it had been in high school. Writing the book was easy. Promoting the book, asking other people to read it? Not so much.

And this time, I haven't had a high school teacher to give me the push.

Instead, I've relied on my faith and I've relied on the belief that this, that writing, is my calling.

When it came time to put The Cowboy and the Unicorn out there, I was truly terrified. It was different from the first time I'd taken the leap of faith and shared my work with the world. When I took the step and joined the student newspaper, the internet was in it's infancy. Social media didn't exist. No one beyond the walls of my high school would know if I made a mistake.


The world is different now.

In order to be successful with my book, I have to put everything out there for the world to see, and there are a lot of worries and concerns that came along with that. If people don't like the book, there is nothing I can do about it. It doesn't stay within my high school, it stays on the internet forever.

Could that affect my kids? How would it impact my family if I failed tremendously? These are the things that ran through my head as I submitted the book for the final review.

I was horribly nervous, but the end I decided to put it all in God's hands. Writing is what I was made to do. Writing books is the best way that I can serve Him while caring for my family and the world around me.

So, I prayed about it, and eventually I knew what I had to do. I took the jump, believed in His power, and almost as soon as I submitted the book to be published, the proverbial weight lifted. I had made the decision, I had followed my calling, and I had done what felt right in my soul.

Does that mean I'm not still terrified? No, of course not. But I know I've given it over to God, which means that everything will work out in the end.

About the Book

Siblings Micah and Sarah visit their grandmother’s lake house every summer, but they never imagined that a seemingly ordinary jaunt to the beach would lead them to an adventure of a lifetime.


A remarkable find holds the key to a magical world known as Hogar Haven, a strange world where goblins rule and visitors are forced to fight for their freedom. When they befriend a cowboy in the magical land, they soon discover just how difficult life is for those trapped in Hogar Haven. Soon, they find themselves working with the cowboy to help him save his horse, but they don’t have much time. If they don’t hurry, they just may find themselves trapped in the mystical world. Can they find a way out before it’s too late?

Meet the Author


Kristyn Gansen lives in Minnesota with her husband and two daughters.

She’s never encountered a goblin or a unicorn, but she lives with her very own cowboy. When she isn’t writing stories, Kristyn enjoys running, reading, and exploring the world around her. The Cowboy and the Unicorn is her first book.

Connect Online at Kristyn's website.

A special thank you to our guest author, Kristyn Gansen. Please feel free to chat with her by commenting below.


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