I may have already written about this before–and I reserve the right to write about it again. Does anyone else have that thing where you forget what you’ve written? It’s not age, or fading brain cells, it comes from writing a lot and being so present with what I’m writing that I forget everything that has come before. Or so I tell myself.
But back to the subject at hand, in my continuing effort to master the art of letting go, I’ve been thinking about things I need to let go of in my writing career. (New age/self-help/energy primer 101–letting go does NOT mean you want to get rid of it, but that you want to get rid of fussing over it, expecting it to happen, requiring it to happen.) I love every aspect of my writing. I love writing blog posts, coaching, teaching, and directing the Writer’s Loft.
Most of all, I love writing fiction. Love, love, love it. I love every aspect of writing fiction, from brainstorming the initial idea for a novel, to writing the rough draft, rewriting, revising, fussing over it, talking about it–every bit of it. The most important goal in my life right now is to publish my novel.
But that goal must be secondary to the writing itself or I’m doing it for the wrong reasons.
My wise friend Sue told me on my most recent trip to Nashville that she had realized that writing was in and of itself enough. That writing is a useful activity that should be encouraged in the world, even if what we write never gets published. (It is possible to believe this and still desire to get published.)
Sitting down to write is enough. Doing this is a useful activity that improves the world, even if not one word of what you write ever sees publication. Why? To wit:
- Writing centers you
- Writing helps you make sense of the world
- Writing orders your mind
- Writing helps you to organize your thoughts
- Writing helps you process emotions
Further, creating stories:
- Helps you figure out who you are
- Helps you figure out your world
- Helps you to find your place in it
- Helps you to understand others
- Gives you a moral compass
I’ve often said that I don’t understand how people who don’t write survive in the world. And it is for all of the above reasons that this is true–writing is a tool, a friend, a habit, a career, and more.
And using writing for any and all of these activities is, quite simply, enough.