The most important thing
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.