I tend to fall in love with something and then turn the thing into work.
But it’s important to love what you do.
I start doing for the wrong reasons. And then my passions stop being enjoyable.
For me, I write not for the sake of writing but because I love the creative process. So even if I never make it as a writer, I’ll still spend my life working away on a story or twenty thousand.
Same goes for blogging. Every time I think about my passions, I realize I’ve stuck with them because I don’t need external rewards to motivate me to keep going.
It’s enough that I enjoy creating characters, sharing stories, visiting worlds.
I hope I get to do what I love for the rest of my life.
At the very least, I know what I don’t love. I try to avoid the stuff I despise as much as possible.
I’ve been thinking about how I’ll make money doing what I love, how I’ll make a living.
A part of me believes if you work hard and you do what you’re doing out of love, you can’t really go wrong.
Life’s too short, but it’s also too long if you don’t enjoy your time on earth.
Don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re going to make mistakes just like everybody else. That’s okay. You’re going to be all right.
Every storm ends. Every moment passes. Cherish what you have. Remember to laugh. Don’t forget to love. Keep going even when you think you can’t. Good luck. Believe in yourself and your abilities. It’s the least you can do.
I love reading, writing, and blogging so much, they’re daily habits of mine. At least I try to do them every day. I had the brilliant idea of making myself pick one of my passions over the others. This will be fun.
Reading or writing?
I already hate myself for doing this. I can’t give up creating stories. I say this while staring at all the books on my shelves. They used to be empty, but it’s slowly filling up.
Writing or blogging?
I’m reminded of the time I thought I could only take a writing class or a blogging one. Turns out, I could take both, so I did. Interestingly enough, I did slightly better in the blogging course, but my heart still loves writing more. Also, I’ve skipped more days of blogging than I have writing since I started both.
Reading or blogging?
This is tough as well. I can’t imagine myself not reading ever again. After all, I’ve been reading almost my whole life and blogging for only one fifth of it.
Hopefully, I never have to give up any of my passions. I feel grateful I’m able to do the things I enjoy. I wouldn’t be the same without books, blogs, and baseball. The latter is a story for another day however.
These are twenty-two things I have learned as a writer. Or I’m still learning. Or I hope to learn.
- Start writing.
- Believe in your story.
- Take it one word at a time.
- Hold onto your dreams.
- Pursue your passion.
- Set small goals.
- Never settle for less than your best.
- Make the right sacrifices.
- Stay true to your vision.
- Write for yourself.
- Be your own critic.
- Be your own cheerleader.
- Don’t let the bad days win.
- Talk to other writers.
- Accept rejection.
- Embrace failure.
- Find a support system.
- Ask for help when needed.
- Exercise your brain and body.
- Remember why you started.
- Forgive yourself.
- Finish your stories.
What’s a lesson you’ve learned?
I don’t know how I’ve managed to continue this blog for as long as I have.
Oh wait…it’s because I love blogging.
That’s the secret to doing something for an extended period of time. If you love it, chances are you’ll do it.
Mine is my blog. Among other things of course.
Every little thing we did, we said, we faced it all
With nothing to lose and nowhere to fall
No one can stand in our way
We fight to love each other for another day
Ever since I started loving you
I started loving myself too