There is a fantastic post over at The Elevnsies today.
It is an interview with author KL Going -- you know, the Printz award winner and author of great novels like, Fat Kid Rules the World and St. Iggy and The Liberation of Gabriel King....
something she said struck me
it was in answer to the question, "What advice would you give aspiring writers?"
My best writing advice is something I've learned from life experience. It's one of those truths that I often forget and have to relearn over and over again. But here it is: Life is more important than writing. Living my life, to the fullest, experiencing the world, traveling, tasting, seeing new things, loving my family and friends, learning interesting skills...this is where success lies, not in being published. The beautiful twist is that these are also the very things that will infuse my writing with heart.
Don't you agree?
Life if more important that writing. Living life is what fuels the realism in our work.
So often we get a nasty case of the shoulds
I should have blogged today instead of visiting with my neighbor
I should have written 2,000 words today instead of planting the garden
I should be published
I should be ...blah, blah, blah
No. We should first live life. Experience relationships. See new and interesting things. Consider differences in cultures and belief systems.
It is what fills our creative wells, so to speak. It is what makes us artists.
So - what will you do this week? Me? I'm pushing my fingers into the soil and planting my garden. I'm hoping to laugh with friends and see the exact flow of colors that lead through a spring sunset. I'm hoping to live a little.