Without Trying

I took this photo without being able to see my phone screen while I did it.

amazing photo


I think sometimes I try too hard. (I can hear you all pretending to be shocked.) When I first started writing, I didn’t worry so much about everything. Then, I started to take it seriously, and my feelings of success seemed harder to achieve. Maybe my goals are just farther away? I’m not sure.

I learned a hard lesson many years ago. Don’t force things. Just let it come to you. Be open and attentive, but don’t be a foot-in-the-door salesman of yourself. It’s tough to find the balance.

We live in a society where success is measured in strange ways. When you get to the end of your day, how do you define achievement? If you are an indie author or an artist or whatever – how do you know you’ve taken another step forward?

I realize that’s almost a rhetorical question because we have different goals and needs, but it’s an important one to consider occasionally, because for me, feeling like I’m moving forward often pushes the gas on my creative output.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

6 thoughts on “Without Trying

  1. i’m starting to accept that i just live EVERYTHING cyclically. so when i’m in a fallow period, writing anything feels boss. or just putting an idea in the story jar, or reading a short story i love.
    but when i’m in the groove it takes more concrete achievements to make me preen. and that’s as it should be, cuz when i’m Muse-ridden i SHOULD be doing more.
    and go a little crazy if i don’t have time to indulge Her.
    anyway. love this post.

    1. Your comment is spot-on because it highlights the part I struggle with most. Creating-centered evaluation, rather than trying to control the number of readers, follows, etc. A good reminder to me, thank you!

  2. I think if I could remember to “just write” and not worry as much about whether it is good, it would help me not get bogged down and stuck so often. I go into long periods of unproductiveness, sadly. Perhaps I could evade some of those with this advice.

    Stress, the writing-killer. Something like that.

    1. I’m going to chew on this for a bit.
      One way people get around that is to purposely write garbage. Like, that’s the goal. Sit down and meet whatever goal (daily, word count, scene, whatever), and make it suck. Then, laugh at yourself and feel okay about it.
      I think we put a lot of value on our time, you know? Like, our society pushes us to think that any moment not producing something functional is a moment wasted. Rewiring our brains to see the process as value might be the fix. What do you think?

  3. Well, trying to write badly on purpose. That’s a new twist / new angle I hadn’t considered.

    I suppose if I suck so badly that I can’t write badly on purpose, then what I end up with is something that’s not so bad? Hehehehe, logic games.

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