How can you spend more of those minutes writing? Pencil writing into your daily routine, and try to do it every day at the same time. Ignore any guilt you might feel about time spent writing and consider it work instead of play. It’s okay to enjoy work. Other things will get done, just maybe a little later than usual.
Lisa L. Lewis
Community is so important! My intention has always been to be a good literary citizen and support my fellow writers. I think it’s karmic: be a good person, show up for others, and be interested in other people’s work. I’ve found that if you put that out there, it’s returned. With every reading I’ve gone to and every interview I’ve done, it’s led to something else, and I’ve been very grateful.
The discipline of sports carries over significantly to my writing. You show up to practice every day and work hard, whether you feel like it or not. You understand that you won’t always win, that the work is not always pleasant. And that your ability to endure difficulty and discomfort is as important as your talent.
In the end, when I feel it’s hopeless to live the writing life, I think of my daughters. I want my girls to see me doing what I love, making a space for it no matter what.
Rudri Bhatt Patel
We’re always learning how to let go in life—of expectations, yearning for “more,” and narratives we cling to even though they’re mostly inventions created by us or others. But as a mother, I thought my job was to not let go. I thought that my job was to worry.
Even when I’m teaching, I allow myself to use my mom self, although I know a lot of people try to shy away from that. I show compassion for the whole person; I try to figure out how things are going and how they might go better. This is before we ever turn to the subject I teach, writing.
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