Stephen King says,
“You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair–the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names. You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world. Come to it any way but lightly. Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page.”
Take it seriously or do something else.
I was reading an article today about setting boundaries in your life. The author, in typical first person fashion, was declaring that after 36 years (and here I’m assuming she was actually 36 years old) she had finally learned to say no; that she had finally found the strength to push back when she felt that others were encroaching on her personal life/space/time.
Though I found the author, and hence the article, to be quite a downer really, I realised that her discovery had one very important corollary that I could, and should, apply in my own life. I can say YES.
I can say yes to my own time, to my own space, and to my own desires. More specifically, I can say yes to my writing. I can say yes to spending time at the computer rather than watching television. I can say yes to researching poisons for my novel rather than going to dinner with friends. And I can even say yes to contributing to this writing blog rather than cleaning the kitchen floor (and boy does it need it).
Boundaries work both ways and tonight I’m saying yes to myself. I hope you do to.
Just a quote that I stumbled upon today that reverberated with me. I leave it here for you.
“Success is a finished book, a stack of pages each of which is filled with words. If you reach that point, you have won a victory no less impressive than sailing single-handed around the world.” – Tom Clancy