Journey Joys

“One might think that the monetary value of an invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But, speaking for myself, I can honestly say this is not so….I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.” Thomas Edison

Wise words from a world-class inventor—someone who loved his work and knew the value of it in his life. There’s so much truth to mine here for us as writers and creatives!

So often, we focus relentlessly on our goal—on getting where we believe we want to go that we forget the joys of the journey. Let’s consider just a few of these writing rewards:

Joys of the journey: We are free to create whole worlds and to reimagine what exists— to remake it into something fresh and new.

Joys of the journey: During the act of creation, there’s no one else involved. We have only to please ourselves and enjoy ourselves. While we may want to share what we’ve created, most of the time, in the early days, we are flying solo. And the lighter you travel, the farther you go.

Joys of the journey: We need only the simplest of tools to fashion our creations: enthusiasm, ingenuity, perseverance—and pen and paper or our computer. We can work anywhere and whenever we want.

Joys of the journey: In a world that feeds on distraction, we choose to focus, to screen out the noise and confusion, and to listen with our inner ear. “Everything begins in silence,” a wise writing coach once told me. What a comfort to choose calm over chaos!

These are some of the joys of the journey I treasure. How about you? What are the rewards on the writing path that mean the most to you? I’d love to hear and share them as we all write on!

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About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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