You know, the part of you that loves to write, but so rarely gets the chance to write what you’re truly passionate about in a way that is deeply satisfying.
If you’ve slighted your writer self, a half-price box of chocolates from Walgreen’s isn’t going to make up for it. (Believe me, I tried that for years.)
As Norman Mailer observed in The Spooky Art: Some Thoughts on Writing, “If you tell yourself you are going to be at your desk tomorrow, you are by that declaration asking your conscious to prepare the material…
“You have to maintain trustworthy relations. If you … cannot get to literary work, your unconscious, after a few such failures to appear, will withdraw.”
You know it’s essential to make time for the people you love. And deep down you know it’s essential to make time for the creative work you love and that your spirit craves.
Show up. Be there with the words that seem all jumbled up and have gotten shy, awkward or petulant because you haven’t been around. Just be there.
Author, carpenter and woodworker Spike Carlson put it this way, “When I was raising five mutinous teenagers, people who often expound, ‘They may act like they don’t like structure and discipline – but deep down inside, they yearn for it.’
“So it is with your writing: Your words may play hooky, sulk, roll their eyes at you, hang out with the wrong prepositional phrases, but deep down inside, they like Product Time. It provides them [and your creative spirit] with structure – and the subliminal peace of mind that comes with it. Someday your words will thank you for it.”
And after you show up, that box of chocolates can be your reward!