To Write or Not to Write

To write or not to write. That is the question.

I know I’m not alone in this thought. As a writer, I have a passion for words and stories, for using my imagination, for creating and dreaming, and stirring up emotion. And while, yes, I would most likely write, regardless, there is something magical about sharing our words and stories and dreams and emotions with others.

 

Most of us crave validation, don’t we?

 

But a writer’s life weighs heavy on the side of rejection. And then there’s self marketing, and social media, and the stress of selling, not just our work, but ourselves. Most writers are a bit socially awkward, myself included. I would be perfectly happy never having to do a book signing, or tweet about my book launch, or walk into another school or library to ask if they’d be willing to purchase my books for their collections.

 

And yet…I love to write.

 

I wish I had the perfect answer to this dilemma. I don’t. I rally back and forth like a ping pong ball in regard to my writing career. There are days when I feel strong and confident and ready to take on the world, and there are days when all I want to do is curl up in front of a fire with a cup of tea and a good book.

 

But I know I’ll continue to write. I’ll continue to use my imagination; I’ll continue to create and dream and stir up emotion, because it’s my passion. It’s what I do.

 

What about you?

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