As hard as it is for my focused, goal-oriented mind to sometimes comprehend, life is about more than writing.
It’s even about more than marketing, or readers, or that next book I finish reading myself.
Writing isn’t a form of escapism. It isn’t a luxurious way to spend time. One doesn’t make thousands of dollars and live a dream life. Writing is hard. Writing is painful. And writing builds character.
While there are many things I’ve learned while writing, I’m only going to list three today. Because three is the magic number. Besides, it sounds cool. Three Things Writing… yeah. We’ll settle with three.
My mother gave me some advice a number of years back. Like… back when I was the age of the heart-wrenching children I like to put in my stories. Seven or eight, perhaps.
Regardless, I had to make bread. (Yes, we’ve made our own homemade bread for as long as I can remember. Long enough we don’t appreciate it like everyone else seems to. Or maybe we all just have picky tastes.)
But I didn’t want to make bread. Like really, really didn’t want to. Procrastination comes young, trust me.