Change can be excruciating. But as writers, in order to make time for our practice and daily pages, we sometimes have to let go of things that have given us comfort in the past.
“I volunteer every week at my kid’s school.” “I have a full time job as a lawyer and I’m on the board of a local non profit.” “My job demands I put in sixty hours a week.” “My friends and family need me. How can I let them down?”
It’s crazy above the water. Lots of screeching and light and demands. But deep down below the surface, where we go when we write, are all the treasures.
Writing takes time. And our lives are so busy that sometimes, in order to find the time to actually produce pages, we must let go of the things we’ve always done.
It’s not necessary to completely drop the career you’ve established and which feeds you. But maybe you have to cut out that volunteering for awhile, or say no to people who ask you for favors. Maybe you have to tell your children, “I’m sorry, I have to miss your soccer game this weekend,” and believe that this doesn’t make you a bad parent (it doesn’t.)
You are a writer. You know this, in your deepest heart. It is who you ARE, why you were meant to be on this planet.
Here are some ways to let go of who you were, to become the writer you are…
Trust me, I’m not talking from some mountain top here. I struggle with this daily. But when I choose myself and my pages, the emotional/happiness payoff is huge.
Take Action! Could you let go of the person you were to become the writer you ARE? Could you follow your heart and choose yourself and your writing? Do you have the courage to feel horribly uncomfortable and say no to others and yes to yourself?
If you think about these actions as supporting who you truly are, rather than disappointing others, it’s amazing what you can accomplish.
What if you saw yourself as a writer?
How many amazing stories could you tell?
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