There is some great advice here so I had to share! I know it’s difficult for us busy writers when we have those ‘still’ moments, when nothing seems to be happening and we’re in between books or a job or writing project. We feel guilty, out of sorts, itchy, and useless when we aren’t slogging away at our computers writing!! But it’s important to understand that in those valleys, as Kristen puts it, in those dark quiet times, is where we learn the most. Being still and living in the now/the moment, and listening to our Muses, is, I believe, more important than those times we’re writing. In the valley – the meantimes – is where we receive inspiration and guidance and where we are most open to growing and becoming better writers and people.
Please share your thoughts. You know I love listening!
I came from a broken family who only knew broken ways. I felt adrift and couldn’t seem to find direction. Everything I did was always to please others, yet it left me empty and even more lost. I saw others being happy, successful, but every day felt like just more pain. I was terrified of making mistakes, paralyzed by the thought I might “fail” or be a “failure.” That’s one of the reasons I blog so much on changing our relationship with failure. If we don’t, we can never see success.
Anyway, in college, I ran across a book that changed something very important in my belief system. My roommate was watching Oprah and she was interviewing Iyanla Vanzant and talking about her first book In the Meantime. When I read the book, a large part of what was wrong became instantly clear. I was always either looking back—at…
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