I've been thinking a lot about the writing process lately and came across this quote from one of my heroes, Seth Godin: If we attach ourselves to the outcome, we will sacrifice the process.
What does this mean?
In the context of writing a story or a novel, it means that if we worry about:
The writing process, like any creative process, is an end to itself. In fact, I'd argue that it is the only end worth pursuing. You're not a writer unless you write. Write first, then you become what you do. The way to get there is to write as much as you can.
In the workshops, we talk a lot about getting to your 5th or 6th novel quickly, because by the time you get there, you'll be pretty good at plotting, character development, world building, wordsmithing... But you can't get to good without starting with not so good.
Being attached to the writing process looks like this:
Yes, so I'm thinking about the process these days, not so much the outcome. And I leave you with this consideration today: show up, write, share, repeat.
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