No, first is early. As in, 9 A.M. is too stinking early to wake up when you didn’t go to sleep until after 4 A.M. And I can’t even blame an alarm clock; I just woke up. Very frustrating. Nothing was keeping me from sleeping later. So, I will endeavour to make sense, but my apologies if I don’t.
Just this week, a blog post I wrote in December gained new life and visitors and shares skyrocketed. I’ll talk more about that post and what happened in tomorrow’s post. (Look at me! Planning ahead and stuff!) Today I want to talk about separating a writer or artist from her work.
I think what I’m saying applies to all creators, whether they be writers, painters, or sculptors, but I’m going to use writing through most of this, because it’s what I do, and it’s easier to have one focus. Also, I’m trying to stick to less than 500 words.
I’ve heard authors say that once you publish a book, you’ve released it into the world, and, as with a child you have raised and molded into what you hope is a compassionate, giving person rather than an axe-murderer, you must let go. You have no control over whether anyone likes or dislikes your work. You’ve put what you had into it and your part is done. I agree completely.
As a writer, you must write. There is no “Will I?” or “Should I?” You’ve been given the talent and the inspiration. The only thing you get to choose is if you will discipline yourself to explore and develop that talent. You are a writer. That’s it. You write. You learn, you live, then you write some more. Continue reading