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Keep Writing October 10, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Spirit & Ego, Writing & Writers.

Writing is my purpose, my passion, my bliss.

Most days, I am truly peaceful, happy, and content as I click away at the keys on the keyboard, not worrying about the destination, just enjoying the journey.

Of course, most days is not synonymous with always.

If you’ve ever have doubts about your writing ability, you’re not alone.  I’ll be happily writing away and then something happens and Ego immediately takes advantage of my momentary vulnerability to gleefully remind me that others are so much better at this writing business than I will ever be.

As my doubts surface, Ego’s voice continues to challenge me with pointed, jagged questions:

Who do you think you’re fooling?

Why don’t you get a real job?

When I look at writing from Ego’s perspective, I am so busy comparing myself with others, and falling short of the bar, that I don’t have the energy to really write.

It just seems hopeless, and scary, and pointless, and meaningless, and . . .

Eventually, I tell Ego to take a hike.

I expect that doubt is a necessary part of mastering the art of writing ~ just like falling down was a necessary step in the process of learning to walk.

We tried, we fell, we got up and started walking again.

We write, we stare in horror at the inadequacy of our words, and then return to the keyboard to write again.

Life is a journey, not a destination.  The same is true of writing.

If you enjoy the process of writing, don’t worry  about finding your target audience, getting published, or filling your bank account.

Instead, keep returning to the keyboard to write and allow the path to unfold, word by wonderful word.

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1. Barbara Gunn - October 10, 2010

Good advice Nancy! I believe the magic word is trust.

nrhatch - October 10, 2010

Enjoying the journey . . . and trusting that you’ll end up exactly where you need to be when you need to be there.

2. aardvarkian - October 10, 2010

Bring on NaNoWriMo!!

nrhatch - October 10, 2010

Write on!

3. Naomi - October 10, 2010

Hear hear, Nancy – keep at it! BTW, love to see your kitty muse again 🙂

nrhatch - October 10, 2010

Delighted to see a new post from you today.

Today’s the day for our furry friends . . . kitties, guinea pigs, and dwarf bunnies.

4. Joanne - October 10, 2010

I would really be concerned if I didn’t see anything from you, Nancy… I may not always write, but I check everyday to be sure you’re still there — or here…

And the way I see it is that quality thoughts produce quality writing… You think… Therefore, you are… and you have developed a relationship with your readers through your quality thoughts, as much as through who you are.

Ahhhh…! Now I can go on with my day as usual… Nancy is still doing what she loves to do 😀

nrhatch - October 10, 2010

Thanks, Joanne!

Lovely comment to find on my return from checking on the Wood Stork convention going on across the lagoon:

18 Wood Storks
1 Pink Spoonbill
4 White Egrets
2 Great Blue Herons

And a supporting cast of ducks, cormorants, and anhingas. 😉

5. souldipper - October 10, 2010

Nancy, I share your thoughts, heart and soul. Every once in a while I think I will pull up all roots, stems, stock and foliage and plant myself somewhere else as something useful. Maybe something to eat instead of something to catch one’s eye momentarily.

However, a friend will catch a whiff of my dissonance and take hold of the shovel.

Oh yeah. This is my love. This is what I love to do. This is where I lose self and find my soul.

I even forgot to eat my porridge yesterday. Discovered it on the stove at 2:00 when I decided I was hungry enough to eat lunch. Hmmmmm. It’s enough to consider marriage!

nrhatch - October 10, 2010

Perfectly put.

Maybe you should marry. LOL I rarely forget to eat when my BFF is around . . . when he’s gone, I can write through breakfast and lunch easily.

6. Patricia - October 10, 2010

I am new to writing and found it to be a new passion. Old(er) people have passion! Anyway, I am glad I found this new delight.

nrhatch - October 10, 2010

Yay! It’s always nice to have new interests and hobbies.

Passion . . . makes it happen.

7. Paula Tohline Calhoun - October 10, 2010

Reading your posts brought up Rainer Maria Rilke’s book, “Letters to a Young Poet.” That of course brought to mind a movie clip from “Sister Act 2” of all things! Here it is – it is pertinent, BTW!

nrhatch - October 10, 2010

Good clip. Thanks, Paula.

8. cindy - October 11, 2010

Keep on truckin’ as the old saying goes.

nrhatch - October 11, 2010

And repeat after me:

Wow! I wrote that?! 😦 OR . . . Wow! I wrote that?! 🙂

9. cindy - October 11, 2010


10. jannatwrites - October 11, 2010

The comparison to others almost never turns out well for me. (It sends me into a chocolate-eating binge, which only makes me feel worse.)

You are so right – writing IS a journey NOT a destination. I need to write that down on a post-it note so I can remember that 🙂

nrhatch - October 11, 2010

Glad this resonates with you.

If we’re writing a novel (a L-O-N-G journey) while focused solely on the destination of publication, we’re going to be writing the book that we THINK that publishers will want to publish and that we THINK that readers will want to read, but . . .

By the time it’s finished, we may have a new “genre of the day” making headlines.

If we’ve enjoyed the journey up to that point, we can be pleased that we finished the novel even if we can’t immediately find a “home” (publication house) for it.

11. Yasmine Wael - October 11, 2010

Wonderful post. I think the same way too, and I bother myself so much with the idea of Freshly Pressed. But I enjoy writing anyway,even if I blog about nonsense

nrhatch - October 11, 2010

It’s okay to have a destination in mind (Freshly Pressed, print publication, etc.).

But if you focus on enjoying the journey . . . you win. No matter what happens, and no matter where you end up.

12. Julie - October 11, 2010

My ego has been a bit louder these days, wondering when I am ever going to make any money again. BUT I am having more fun than I ever had “working.” That counts for a lot.

Thanks for sharing my post and giveaway of Writing Magic, btw. I think we could all use some.. 🙂

nrhatch - October 11, 2010

I did post the link on FB where I have quite a few friends who write whenever they have a spare moment.

As far as not earning money, I hear you. Money worries almost pushed me back to practicing law. But if we have “enough” right now, we have “enough.”

None of us knows how long we have here. It makes sense to enjoy as many moments as we can. Have fun. Write on!

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you that your recent submission pans out. Would love to see you snapped up by an agent. 🙂

13. Maggie - October 12, 2010

Inspirational post! It’s all about having perseverance and confidence in yourself. And of course, if you don’t enjoy writing (at least the majority of the time!), then why are you writing in the first place? ^_^

nrhatch - October 12, 2010


If you’re writing only to reach a set destination of fame and fortune . . . you’re in for a bumpy ride.

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