For the past few months my routine has been focused on one thing: get the big house empty and ready to sell and then move to Guatemala. That's a huge "one thing!" As a result, my writing goals took a back seat to all my other responsibilites.
Until I got here. Three days in, I dusted off the six month old first draft of my current book, gritted my teeth and took a look. Hey, not half bad-- whew!! And then I read through this badge on my side bar. It serves to remind me of my commitment to myself as a writer:
here. It's open to anyone who wants to join in with her Writer's Rebel Creed 2014.
One thing I learned during this six-month dry spell is how avoiding one's purpose and commitment leads to a heavy feeling that brings a sort of unexplained sadness. And finally embracing and pursuing it, even for just a few hours a day, brings lightness and joy. This is how I know I'm on the right track. I'm doing what I was meant to do. Yes, I love being an editor, and I do a darn good job at it. But it's not enough.
I made a promise to myself years ago that when my kids were older I'd follow my dream of being a full-time writer. An hour a day isn't exactly full-time but I'm working up to it. Finally and at last.
I know my purpose, I know what I'm meant to do, resistance and avoidance is futile. Write on!
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown
"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it." ~Jesse Stuart
"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf