Do you know why you write? Not “to be published”—but what inspired you to write in the first place. Something like, “to see smiles on my grandkids’ faces,” “to give someone the same immersive escape books once gave me,” or “to slap a bunch of words on a piece of paper.” Then, once you have it, write it down and post it on your wall if you can. And whenever you write, focus on that goal.

It’s easy to lose sight of that often simple, reachable goal. Once we get complimented or published the first time, or see a friend surpass us in the eyes of an awards committee, a writing group, or the almighty sales figures, it can be easy to start seeking that high again, or seeking to compete with our friends, instead of striving toward what truly fulfills us, and makes us happy.

And you know what the funny thing about those simple, fulfilling goals is? They’re often entirely doable! They’re not based in the fits and fancies of a sometimes finicky industry: they’re based on you. Which might, actually, be another thing you to remind yourself of, in a journal or on your walls: you can make it happen.




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