I recently had a set-back in my writing. I had to take a deep breath, step back, and consider why I am writing. Although writing physically on my own, the writing also encompasses others (in my home, in my day-to-day life, my schedule of seeing people, making appointments, wearing my other business hat), as well as the story — who or what I’m writing about. It is usually not done in a vacuum — although typing or writing it can seem that way.
I found it was important again to remind myself why I write. I write to share with others. I write because I feel I have words in me that need to be shared. I write to make a difference — to contribute as part of my life’s work.
In stepping back, I found new ways to reach out to others to further define and understand the components of a story that were important. I appreciate those who helped me find an audience to share with. I am grateful for the honesty and time those in the group gave me to help me with my story. I realized again that I don’t write a story alone or just with those it’s obvious that I’m writing about. There are other members in the broader community who support me and support the ideas that writers (and potential readers) need and want to share. I write within a writing community. When I’ve reached out to others about components of my story, I found creativity in how to share it with them. I also found more reasons to be grateful to others along this writing journey. JNC