Writing as a journey, not a destination

There’s this coffee mug I often use that has the phrase “The road to success is under construction” transcribed on it in bold type. I appreciate this transcription because it reminds me to keep thinking of writing as a journey, not a destination. Yeah, it’s a hokey phrase. But nevertheless, it forces me to continually ask myself, “When will you feel ‘successful’ as a writer?” And the answer is always: “today, as long as you write something.” Read on to see why that should always be your answer to that same question too.

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writer hand with pen and journal

What makes you a good writer?

The vocation of writing entails equal parts torture and triumph. It is sometimes a blessing … and sometimes a curse. At least, if you’re doing it right and have a somewhat healthy sense of self.

Today, assume that your compulsion to write is a blessing. And, even if only momentarily, assume that you are “good” at what you do. Then ask yourself: what makes your writing yours? What makes you “good” at writing, or what makes you a good writer, whatever that’s supposed to mean?

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