Sunday, October 16, 2011

Why The Sacrifice Is Worth It

Writing is a solitary activity. Do it consistently and your laptop will become your best friend. You’ll clasp your notebook like a security blanket. You’ll wear black for days at the loss of your favorite pen. You’ll eat many meals out of Styrofoam containers. You’ll forget what household chores are.  And you’ll spend little to no time with the people you love.

You’ll receive angry texts, curious emails, and plenty of phone calls asking, “what’s up with you?” or “where have you been hiding?” If you’re lucky, you’ll explain that it’s nothing personal, that you've been committed to your writing goals, and your loved ones will accept that and proudly support you.  If you’re unlucky, feelings will be hurt and ties will unbind. You may even find yourself half a pint deep in a tub of ice cream asking “is all this worth it?”

The answer is incontrovertible: YES.

Everyone has dreams and desires, goals and plans, but few have the courage to restructure their lives in the profound ways necessary to achieve them. One day, with a copy of your book in hand, you’ll look around and notice those standing with you. Those loved ones believed in you, stood by you, and comforted you during your self-imposed isolation. You’ll owe them undying gratitude and be all the richer for it. 

Baggage has no place in a writer’s life besides on the page. I can no longer focus on what was. I’m taking baby steps on my path with eyes locked on the future. I’m planting seeds, making connections, and watching new life grow. I’m listening to that quiet voice deep inside me that yearns to tell stories. It grows louder with each day. I simply refuse to feel guilty about dancing to my own tune. 

I’m offering a sincere and heartfelt thank you to every single person out there that is supporting my dream. If you’re reading this, you’re definitely one of them. THANK YOU. C. L. Kay writer writing write newadult youngadult scifi sciencefiction fantasy magicalrealism oldbook bloggraphic amazon kindle book ebook novel shortstory facebook twitter pinterest instagram wattpad


  1. yay!

    I'm so glad you put this down on paper! It's so true, and I support you in all you choose to do!

    Love you my friend!

  2. Thank you so much! I appreciate everything you do for me.

  3. I love this! So well said. As a fellow writer and aspiring author, this reflects my journey too. In fact, like you, I'm chronicling that journey from start of my novel to publication.

    Wishing you all the best on your road to being published. I look forward to following you on your journey to being published.

    In full support,

    Melanie (a fellow She-Writers member)

  4. Thank you, Melanie. I'm glad this post resonated with you and I appreciate the support. My goal with this blog is to document what's moving me from week to week in the hopes that my experience will inform others. I can often feel very alone on this path. I write hoping to relieve others of those doubts and fears.

    I'm so impressed with all the lovely women I've met through SheWrites. It's a wonderful community that I'm very proud to be a part of.