I’ve been thinking a lot lately about writing career trajectories, the paths writers choose, the goals we set, and the growth we experience.
I’ve also been thinking about how speeded up things are getting and how this need for speed can put a lot of stress and strain on writers.
The Internet has been a boon to us, bringing us the ability to connect with like-minded others around the world. But from an evolutionary perspective, I don’t know how prepared we are for all of this and I wonder what the long-term implications are for the writing life.
There is one thing I do know for sure: we all need to break out of the group mind once in a while and assess where we have been, where we are, and where we are going from a very personal point of view.
Like the columnists you read here ten times a year, the best writers have always been capable of thinking their own thoughts and expressing them in a way that is unique to them.
But lose this ability to the rush and the grind and, as a writer, you pretty much lose everything.
For me, it’s important to maintain a balance between serving the group and serving myself and my family. And after creating a goodly amount of success over the past several years, it sure feels good to carve out a little time for self-reflection and planning this summer. Even after just a few weeks of slowing down, I sense the future coming into clearer focus.
I hope you will give yourself gift of time this summer.
You work hard. You deserve it.
Make good things happen,