“Love the writing, love the writing, love the writing…the rest will follow.” Jane Yolen
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Love what you do and everything we lose will follow. But sometimes this is easier said than done. I know. I’ve been there—very recently,in fact.
Sometimes, we have those days when nothing much is happening on the page. We feel full of doubt. We wonder if the well is running dry. We know we should be working on our newest writing project, but somehow, the words aren’t flowing. Or if they do, they’re not the right ones, not the best ones, not the ones that sing and dance off the page.
What to do? What to do?
Dinty Moore, author of the lovely guide, “The Mindful Writer,” has some words of wisdom for us. When we’re finding it hard to love what we do and do what we love, he observes,
“Well, that’s why you need to love the writing like you love your children, your parents, your siblings, you spouse, or your dearest friend. Goodness knows, each of these relationships can be fraught with difficulty, but even if you need to take a break, even if faced with an extended period of disappointment or anger, if you’d truly love the person, you always come back.
“You can’t not come back.
“That’s one definition of love.
“So love the writing.
“The rest will sort itself out, in the end.”
Great advice when we’re finding it hard to feel the love. Write on!
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