The paths taken
Along the way to publication, a writer takes many paths, each converging on the original desired trail to the printed page.
That original trail is one of want, ambition, and aspiration. A deep-seeded need to express thoughts and feelings rises until it fills every cavity of one’s being, before spewing out into words. The desire primes the motivation. The motivation plans the expedition. And the expedition creates a ledger of adventure.
For many people, everything in their lives branches from a central trail of desire and ambition. Free-flyers, those spontaneous spirits who go with the flow, eliminate the need for anything but sky trails. Still others live quiet lives of simplicity and peace, without need for ambition other than to have their basic needs met each day.
Pursuit along life’s trails
Oddly enough, a writer can live any of these lifestyles, or all of them, and be happy and productive, according to her/his personal desire and temperament. After all, everything in life is fodder for a writer’s grist mill.
Here’s an example from my experience of pursuit.
I knew I wanted to write from early childhood. That need never wavered, but parental expectations and the timing of societal changes during my teens years didn’t allow for such dreams or aspirations. The all-mighty dollar sign had reared its venomous head, ready to strike any who anticipated a life of creativity in my little corner of the world.
That imposed rejection of my desired future sent me on detours of amazing diversity. Making a living didn’t leave time to mourn a lost intention. I was too busy moving from experience to experience to notice much else. And so it was until I retired at 50 and was bored out of my mind. One can tolerate boredom for only so long before action must take precedence.
Changing trails for the last time
I had time. I had motivation again. And the internet gave me instant access to whatever I wanted to pursue. Voilá! A writer came forth.
Was I prepared for the hard work? I was ready for anything that would allow me to tell my stories.
Was my desire strong enough to hold my hand through the learning curve and the navigational pitfalls of the publishing business? It’s funny how much pressure builds up in a desire suppressed over the years.
Would I change my lifestyle of creative pursuit for something else? My trail won’t change until I leave this Earth.
The only changes that will happen are material in nature. I want a small place in the country, where I can have a garden and fresh air. I want to continue getting healthier and fitter. Most of all, I want the satisfaction of knowing that I hunted down the object of my early dreams—writing—and brought it home.
I believe that we all should have the lifestyle we desire. It makes no difference how simple or complex the finished product is. It only matters that it satisfies us and our dreams. Financial gain has little to do with the real satisfaction of pursuit. Money is the trophy hanging on the wall. The real prize is the self-appreciation that comes from the hunt.
- Greed Quotes (mademan.com)
- Claudsy’s Blog: Giving Up Perfection (2voices1song.com)
- “I wasn’t writing a novel” (3ammagazine.com)
- Second Chance Quotes (mademan.com)
- Artistic scientist or scientific artist (mattpace.wordpress.com)
- Start a Creativity Journal (juliettenolan.wordpress.com)
- The James Franco Principle (finetoothcolumn.wordpress.com)
- Who Would You Be? (beingcreativebc.wordpress.com)