The wisdom of the “Do What You Love, Love What You Do” principle needs to be complimented by the awareness that sometimes you have to do what you don’t love to do so you can keep doing what you do love to do.
I call it the Poop Principle, which states that in any endeavor, no matter how much you love something or someone, there will always be some amount of poop.
For example, I love dogs but I do not love picking up dog poop. We hire a service to remove it from our yard, but every walk results in a pile or two per dog that I’m responsible for. So I pick up the poop even though I don’t want to. Because that’s what responsible dog lovers do.
You can delegate picking up some of the poop, but there will always be some you just have to pick up yourself. Because that’s what responsible people do.
When to Use Which Principle?
If you’re blocked or resistance is keeping you from writing the way you love, apply the Do What You Love Principle for several weeks. Ignore the poop long enough to remember what you love about writing.
When your writing is going strong, add a bit of the Poop Principle. But always keep the Love-Poop ratio high – much more love than poop. (We’ll talk more about this in the next post.)
Writer’s Poop List
My Writer’s Poop List includes:
- Writing query letters
- Getting rejection letters
- Getting bad reviews or negative feedback
- Getting no reviews or feedback
- Waiting for checks that don’t arrive when expected
What’s On Your List?
It’d oddly freely to let yourself rant and rail on the page about all the s**t you have to put up with. So what’s the poop in your writing/creative life? What parts of being a writer do you wish you didn’t have to deal with? Please share your Writer’s Poop List in a comment.