It Really Is About the Journey

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Photo Credit: Copyright: maridav / 123RF Stock Photo

Recently, I haven’t been inspired to write on my blog or work on my next publication. I’ve been allowing the business of living to get in the way. When I took time to think about why this was happening, I decided that my focus on the goal of becoming an author, seemed to be interfering with the process of being a writer. The pursuit of the dream had become overwhelming.

It’s easy to lose the joy of writing when you follow the crowd into today’s insane world of self-publication. Who is giving you solid advice, or who is just trying to sell you a book or a course? Why are Amazon and Hachette in conflict? Should I take time away from writing to even care? How important is it really to have a platform? I certainly can’t “build” one without writing. Collecting followers on WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, etc. are often joyless, mindless activities that take precious time away from the art of writing, that for me requires quality time and inspiration. Using the time to build meaningful connections with a few followers is more important to me than the numbers. How often should I write on my blog? I want to write when I have something worth saying not just to do a prescribed, weekly routine post with little content. How important is the book cover? How do you resolve formatting issues? The list feels endless and overwhelming.

I realize that I’ve been through this before. Last September I wrote, “Why Do You Write?” I thought I had tweaked my perspective then. Why do I keeping forgetting that it’s more about my own unique journey than the goal? My path may not be the mainstream one, but it’s my own. When I am truly invested in this journey, there is comfort and satisfaction filled with wonderful and challenging experiences along the way. This is for me the “nuts and blots” of a writer’s life.

How often are you tempted to do something that everyone else seems to be doing and cast aside your own unique approach? No doubt, this struggle leads us to discovering more about ourselves, but does following the crowd bring you joy and fulfillment? Remember how good it feels when we tune into our “gut” feelings and go with our own unique flow? I’m going to never stop remembering (until next year, I suppose 🙂 ) .

7 comments

  1. “…until next year, I suppose..” made me chuckle because that seems to be the way of it. We learn, we forget, we learn again. I have similar thoughts and problems when it comes to my photography. I found all the social networking to be a tremendous waste of time and, as you mention, it takes time away from the thing we want to be doing, our art. I dip in and out of Facebook now, and let my blog automatically post to Twitter. If something comes back from that, I respond, but otherwise, I want to do what I do and not spend a lot of time marketing it (which is why I will never ever be famous, but I’ve come to terms with that too).

    Wonderful and well written post, Shirley. Your words brought me back to what’s important (because I, too, have to relearn this lesson on at least a yearly basis…lol!).

    • I’m glad to know that I’m not alone in this dilemma, Robin. I think we need to keep remembering that life is too short to waste any of it doing what is meaningless to us. And if not, I’ll be posting something similar to this next year. 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

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