How do you feel when you’re writing?
It’s an innocent question, right? And truth be told, your answer probably varies. Some days you may feel like everything is right with your world and writing romance is your passion and you’re calling. Other days, you may feel like every word is a struggle and that being a romance writer, or an aspiring romance writer, is for shit. It’s hard.
The truth is, however, that most days writing romance is neither all good nor all bad. Most days is just kind of is. You write, your work is okay. No muse comes out to enchant you with her melody and no editor, internal or otherwise, rips apart your work for the day. It’s just work that you mostly enjoy most of the time.
These are the days that matter the most. The average days of writing and here’s why…
These are the days when you can shift your mindset and have a powerful impact on you as a person and as a writer.
Each word is a miracle.
I’m not a religious person. I am a spiritual one. Nature is my church and gratitude are my prayers. I visit my church and express my prayers often. And one of the things that I’m most grateful for is the ability to communicate. To write and to have that aptitude. I’m grateful that I’m able to see the words I’m typing. I’m grateful that my fingers are able to transfer the words in my brain onto the keyboard. I’m grateful that I get to put sentences together that communicate the visions in my imagination. Not everyone gets to do this and some that want to, won’t be able to.
Even more, I’m grateful that I can carve out a few minutes each day to write. Not everyone can do that either. Some people work really hard. They have families and two jobs. They’re not able to eat super healthy, get 8 hours of sleep, or exercise so they just don’t have the energy they need to get words on paper. They dream about writing but it’s only a dream. This happens and it happens more often than you might imagine.
When you’re able to find gratitude for each word that you write and each moment that you’re able to focus on your dreams, it shifts your mindset. Each paragraph that you write becomes something wondrous. A miracle. Something to be grateful for rather than something to take for granted or to dread.
Write today. Think about what you’re grateful for and why. And then write some more.