I was talking to my friend, Kim, the other day about how to make a daily writing practice feel like a lot less work. It’s okay, you can laugh. We both did. But you’ve read this far, so you’ve wondered about this too.
Writers always have homework. I willingly choose this and for the most part, embrace it. And sometimes, especially after completing many weeks of small, but key tasks, I’m tired.
“Well, ” said Kim, “For me, it’s important to focus on something that is aspirational. That’s what motivates me, keeps me feeling good.”
Kim knows what she’s talking about. She writes about nature and the environment. As an observer of her work, I’ve seen that some days are beautiful, uplifting and others are heartbreaking. She also offered that aspiration could be in terms of one’s own writing career. My lesson from our call was a reminder to write through with purpose.
Today, I invite you to take a break, step away from the to-do list, the to-don’t list, ask yourself what you want for yourself, for your writing. Just listen for a few quiet moments. Maybe this will take several tries. Don’t give up. Keep listening, ear-to-heart and when it whispers – make a wish.