I started the 8 Deadly Demons of a Writer as a self journey through the challenges that get in the way of creative energy. T first the exercise was helpful for me. I worked through some of my creative blocks, but as I continued it stopped being as helpful. I felt like I was spending too much time with these demons. Although most writers do get side tracked by one or more of these, it's not constant and there are so many positive things about writing that out weigh the negative by leaps and bounds. So I'm stopping the series for now, maybe I will feel the need to go back at another time, maybe not. I want to get back to why I write in the first place and stop giving so much time and energy to what gets in the way. Why I write is a happier subject all together and much more fun to explore.
I write because when I don't the stories in my head keep me up at night.
I write to get an idea out on paper and feel that I have brought a story and people to life.
I write to feel that flow, that glow when the words come out just as I saw the story playing in my head.
I write as an expression of what I know, what I want to know, and what I want to share with the world.
I write first for me. If I am happy with the words, story, and characters then I write to share these with readers.
Finally, I write for the smile on my face, the truth in my heart, and for feeling at the end of a long day that, yes it is so worth it to write.
I should have just written this post instead of a series of negative ones. Because these are the reasons I love writing and they make the demons not so bad after all. That's the beauty of life, you can't learn without trying and sometimes making mistakes along the way. That's also another thing I love about writing; it is an ongoing learning process. Everyday I learn something new and it all helps my writing get a little stronger and a little better...word by word.
So, my live and learn this time is: Stop focusing on what stops me from reaching my goals and amplify what brings me closer to reaching them.
What do you like about writing?
Thanks for stopping by.
~Kristin : )