Writing feeds my soul and my mind. Using this blog as a method for increasing my writing productivity and re-centering my writing practice has been proving extremely effective and rewarding for me.
It can be hard to keep myself process-oriented rather than product-oriented. I love writing, and for me, the most important thing is to write and to enjoy the way writing enriches my life. But in the back of my head, I ask myself, “Is it worth it if no one is paying me? Is it worth it if I don’t have any stories published or a book deal?”
Liz Gilbert says it way better than me. In her Ted Talk, she talks about how creativity cares about our process, not our product. I spent a lot of time scouring the Internet looking for a quote to sum up the message she shares on this topic, and found the quote below. A link to her full-length Ted Talk is available below as well.
“Creativity itself doesn’t care at all about results – the only thing it craves is the process. Learn to love the process and let whatever happens next happen, without fussing too much about it. Work like a monk, or a mule, or some other representative metaphor for diligence. Love the work. Destiny will do what it wants with you, regardless.”