“Good timber does not grow with ease.
The stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.”
We all know there’s a gem of truth to this saying, don’t we? But when it comes to being buffeted by the winds of circumstance, it can be hard to remember that we’re gaining strength with every blast of misfortune and every trial. It’s tempting to long for the writing life to be easier and to stay in our comfort zones.
All those ups and downs we face are grist for our writing mill: If we can learn to pour the anger and confusion, the frustration and feelings of being besieged and unfairly treated into our characters and stories, we can enliven our writing.
Strange as it sounds, this is one way to bring joy to our work. When we create the same kind of conflicts and tensions in our writing that we are facing in our real life, our writing can become more real, more raw, more heartfelt and heart-received. Readers know who we are. And that’s exciting and enlivening—that’s one of f the reasons we write.
So when those thought times come, when we have to struggle to stay focused on the page, when the chill winds of circumstance blow over us, let’s remember that they make us stronger and give us fresh fuel for our work as we all write on!
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