Don’t buy into the bullshit of writing myths. Don’t idealize the life and work of “the writer”, or any famous writer in particular. Pay attention to your own experiences and your own process. Write mindfully.
There can be an unmistakable, awe-inspiring, soul-stirring beauty that engulfs your entire being when you experience that peace of letting go; that awareness that although nothing lasts, it is enough that it existed. By letting go, we create room for new and vibrant things. It’s better than being hacked at with a shovel or hoe.
At the center of your writer’s room is your writing-self. Though she is a self naturally integrated with the rest of you, she is also a distinctive collection of all the natural and unwittingly cultivated things inside you that, if didn’t exist, you would not be a writer…which would suck hard.
Think of resisting change like deciding you’ll just live with chronic pain instead of seeking treatment. At one point, it was intermittent and you hoped it would go away on its own. Then it becomes part of your everyday life because you’re too afraid to see a doctor. Finally, somehow, deep–or not so deep–in your subconscious you decide that the pain is now a part of you because it’s too late or it will cost too much time, money and effort to treat it.