How many times have you promised yourself you're finally going to write that story?
In this product obsessed world we live in, we can forget that the process really actually is the reward. Giving yourself the gift of space/permission/support/time to properly sink in and write your stories can really and truly be the the greatest gift/healing thing you can do for yourself.
People spend all kinds of time/money on much less meaningful pursuits, but yet when it comes to writing, often the message is: it better be leading somewhere professional or you're wasting your time. Why?
Very few creatives ever end up making a full time living via their art (for various reasons), so odds are for most, it's not going to "lead somewhere" in terms of the too often coveted fame and fortune. But does that mean writing shouldn't be pursued? Hell no!
Yet again, I say from experience that writing one's stories can be one of the most beneficial things one can do for themselves, even if no one ever reads it.
And furthermore the only way to ever get good enough at writing, to develop an original voice worth reading at large, is to allow yourself that gift of years and years of time/permission/support to just write. And write some more. It's a serious craft, that requires serious pursuit to develop mastery over. But it's a pursuit you can learn to seriously love.
So just do it. Start now. Decide you're going to write those stories your heart wants to write. The worst place it could lead you is to personal fulfillment. And that's pretty damn great.
Is 2023 going to be the year you give yourself permission to take your writing seriously?
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Holly Payberg-Torroija is a writer/writing coach and founder of Loving The Process, a coaching program designed to support writers in getting out of their own way, so they can write the stories they were born to write. Enrollment is open for our year long programs. Book a call to find out which program is a right fit for you. https://my.timetrade.com/book/CCS8R