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The most important thing

December 31, 2013


Well, this is it. The last day of 2013. Imagine that. You’re a year older than you were last New Year’s Eve. After a while the thrill of bigger numbers tapers off. But you’re still here and that’s the important part.

It’s also the last day that I’m regularly posting on this blog. I’ve thought a lot about how I wanted to end my part of this phase of this blog. I’ve considered what’s the most important thing I could write about writing.

It comes down to this:

If you’re a writer, writing is something you’re compelled to do. It’s something God–or random chance, depending on your beliefs–wired into you. It’s something that makes you feel fulfilled to do.

This blog has covered a lot of ground about improving at your craft, about knowing the business, and about critiquing and coming to conferences, and all that. It’s talked about social media and marketing, and about how your best platform is the best possible book you can write.

But the most important thing isn’t any of that.

The most important thing that when you write, you do it because writing turns you on. It makes you feel more alive. Getting words onto a page or screen is something that heightens your existence, even if it’s just you sitting at a keyboard in a darkened room in your pajamas.

The most important thing is to never let the spark that drives you go out as you seek perfection and publication and mastery of the business.

The most important thing is to write because you love it.

  1. December 31, 2013 8:49 am

    Chris, I’ve enjoyed your blog, read it when I should have been doing other things, and didn’t comment as much as I should have. Thank you for your thousands of words of insight and inspiration and good luck on your next project (ie, get back to your WIP!) All the best for 2014. I hope you take all that blogging time and funnel it into something great.

  2. Lois Patton permalink
    December 31, 2013 9:12 am

    Thank you for your consistent, excellent blogs. You deserve time off! Best wishes for a happy new year and the accomplishment of your writing goals.

  3. Lucille Younger permalink
    December 31, 2013 9:32 am

    I have greatly appreciated and learned from your blog.

  4. December 31, 2013 1:00 pm

    Farewells are often bittersweet. I will miss your humor and your insight into the industry. My favorite post each week was always Saturday. But – we need to re-invent ourselves periodically and write endings to the chapters of our lives so we can begin to write the next chapter. A successful life is one where we are constantly stretching ourselves and demanding a bit more of ourselves all the time. A person is wise when they know to leave or make a change before it becomes burdensome and they’re flaming out or perhaps have already crashed and burned. Congrats on a long and successful run and getting out on a positive and proactive note. Go and start the next chapter and stretch yourself in the process. I wish you nothing but the best as you move forward. Leave with the satisfaction and knowledge that you have made a difference in many people’s lives. What more could any of us aspire to than that?

  5. January 1, 2014 9:16 am

    Thank you for the consistently strong blogs you’ve shared with us. Good luck in all your endeavors!

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