It’s Thanksgiving week here in the US, and I want to take a moment to acknowledge something that too often gets lost in the (cranberry) sauce.
Writers have a lot to be grateful for.
Don’t get me wrong. I know how writers like to complain! I hear your complaints. I complain too sometimes. None of this is easy, and it’s not supposed to be.
Writing is hard. Revisions are hard. Putting our work out into the world is hard. There is a lot of self-doubt, frustration, and long periods of developing our craft, with no guarantees of success.
There are drafts we labor over that need to be labored over again. There are books we write thinking, "this is the one!" only to realize that “the one” might still be a book or two away. We’re getting closer, but we’re not quite there yet. It all takes longer than we expected.
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Does writing make you happy?
Does writing make you frustrated?
Does writing make you dream big?
Does writing make you envious?
Does writing make you feel full of purpose?
Does writing make you wonder, why bother?
This list could go on and on. Feel free to add your favorites! My point is this:
All writers have feelings about writing, and those feelings are all over the map.
This is not a bad sign. As I often tell my Path of the Storyteller students when they hit one snag or another: That is a professional problem!
Creative work triggers all kinds of reactions. If your thoughts, feelings, and opinions about writing sometimes take a ride on the wanna/don’t wanna seesaw, welcome to the club.
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