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The Writing Life: Are You Driven or Purposeful?

When it comes to writing I can be intense. That’s good, right?

Not always.

There’s a difference between living a purposeful life and driving myself. The former is my response to the call to write; the latter comes from desperate zeal to attain my goals. When I focus on how far I still have to go in my writing career, frustration grips me. Driven by the desire to speed things up, I can expect too much of myself.

It all depends on my focus. In trying to hurry, I can drive right past my destination and have to backtrack. Or miss it altogether. But if I surrender my will, a previously hidden road unfolds before me.

Counting my many blessings in a spirit of humility provides just the cure.

Note to Self: I can look forward with anticipation rather than frustration when I remember to look back with gratitude.

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Written by Janalyn Voigt

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I’m Janalyn Voigt, an author, speaker, and former social media mentor. DawnSinger and Wayfarer, the first two books in my epic fantasy series, Tales of Faeraven, released with Pelican Book Group and will be followed by at least two more installments. I’m also working on a romantic suspense novel set in an Irish castle, but then historical fiction has a grip on me too. Being unabashedly multi-genre makes me into what some might term a reluctant rebel, but I prefer to think of myself as a storyteller.

4 thoughts on “The Writing Life: Are You Driven or Purposeful?”

  1. Janalyn, saw the beginning of the post on the ACFW loop and hopped over here to read the rest. When I lose sight of my purpose, I become driven and frustrated and spend waaaay too much time backtracking. Great post–and a great reminder.

  2. I think about writing about 75% of the day but get distracted by 3 young children, chronic pain back from car accident, which also causes migraines, and my lack of knowlegde of this darn computer. I didn’t learn enough when I was supposed to I guess, so I sit and daydream of all these ideas of books, articles, and all kinds of things. I am one assignment away from finishing Writing For Children’s Literature, and am so discouraged right now it’s extremely depressing. It doesn’t feel right to write what someone else tells me to write but I just signed up for Pipeline to Publication for a little help, then was going to sign up to Write For Adults course next so, I guess I will be writing what they tell me to write for awhile, I’ll just have to start writing what I want seperate when I get time, then write what they want me to write. I just feel so discouraged right now, I hope I can get through it soon, and start enjoying it again.

    1. Christina, thanks for letting me know what you’re going through. I understand this kind of pain. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do. When that happened to me, I scraped out whatever time I could to write for myself, even when I had to temporarily sacrifice a little sleep.

      Then again, if you have the freedom to say no and don’t, it helps to ask yourself which of your goals you’ll miss out on by fulfilling someone else’s dream. I don’t know which situation applies but you do. Best wishes.

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