It’s been a long week. Sixty hours at work. Tons of new assignments. Screaming deadlines. One surgery in the family. Not much sleep. And when I get home from my writing job each night, I have to, well, write again. Somewhere in the middle of it all is some magazine that rejects a query, an editor that wants a revision, or an agent that says, with well-rehearsed rhythm, “This is not quite right for us.”
During a week like this I can easily succumb to wondering, “Why do I write?” And although there are several reasons why (see Why Writers Write and Should Never Stop Writing, June archive), today I write for one thing. Joy. The simple joy of writing propels me. The joy of writing gives me a sense of purpose. The joy of writing restores my perspective. And, it fuels a feeling of “fun.” Pure fun.
After a week like this, I forgot what fun feels like so I restore my perspective by sliding behind my laptop tonight and crafting just a few lines. I need to remind myself that in the midst of the chaos that surrounded me this week, I find solace in writing. By isolating ourselves for a few hours, writers can feel the joy that comes from reflecting on life, arriving at some truth, and crafting that truth into prose that will speak to the heart of others.
Isn’t that the essence of what every personal experience story is about—a writer, arriving at some truth, sharing that truth, and in some small way shedding light that inspires others? That is the mission of this blog, to provide insight, inspiration and encouragement to writers on the path to publication. It’s a long road, well-traveled, but not without peril. Let’s travel it together.
After all, the joy is not only in the writing, it’s in hoping the reader may find joy too.
The Writer’s Refuge blog is a place for writers, like you, to break away from your daily routine and for just a few minutes find insight, inspiration or simply a word of encouragement. Blog entries are posted once a week on Thursday.
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