They say the definition of insanity is repeating the same action while expecting different results, “they” being anonymous possibly to avoid the consequences of making such a lucid statement.
It’s far too easy to accept an easily-consumed life doused with equal parts of wishes, hope, and lethargy. This can apply to every avenue of living, not just the writing life.
Is Your Writing Life Running You?
Sometimes, even, we let writing get in the way of living. That happens once in a while for most of us, usually for reasons over which we have little or no control. At such times, maintaining a sense of humor is the way to make it through.
However, when writing crowds out the rest of life on a regular basis, it becomes a ‘god’ demanding to be served at all costs. Historically, service to an idol involved sacrificial offerings, sometimes of human lives. Reasons for worshiping touched on fear, reverence, and greed. Rewards included affirmation, a sense of belonging, and advancement.
How close to these reasons and rewards does writing take us?
It’s one thing to respect myself as a writer and polish my craft until it shines. It’s another to slavishly devote myself to writing as a grind that excludes all else. Forces within the world of publishing (readers, editors, agents, etc.) can place super-human expectations on writers. Yielding to this pressure can even seem normal.
We teach others how to treat us.
Attaining balance in life may mean disappointing others. As a reality that doesn’t sit well with me, but I’ve come to accept it. If I didn’t, I’d reach the finish line having run the wrong race.
Embracing all of my dreams brings passion and wholeness to every aspect of my existence, including my writing life.
How about you? Can you name other dreams into which you should breathe life?