Monday, June 16, 2014

Synchronicity, Part 1

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, a former Poet Laureate of the great state of Kansas led a workshop a couple of days ago. It was at the Writers Place in Kansas City and was called "Write Livelihood," basically an introduction to making one's life writing with heart and integrity, and living the life you were meant to.

This was like the repeated mantra of the past few days: a friend said she was tired of being a shill for corporations, for making money for them and not for herself or the company. Non-profit corporations might be better, but--you have to truly love the cause.

Also, I recently bought this book "I Always Want To Be Where I'm Not: Successful Living with ADD & ADHD," by Wes Crenshaw. I had just finished the chapter on doing what's right, not what's easy (Chapter 3, "A Right Path").

And so going to this workshop seemed like a bit of synchronicity.

Because a lot of what I learned there was not some magical answer: do this correctly and you too will be a famous and well-paid author. It was more like: do the right thing and that's the way to live.

Part 2 will explore more of what I mean by this...


Anonymous said...

I think this speaks to the whole issue of what, if anything, you're willing to compromise in order to make it as a writer.

Of course, how we define 'making it' will be different from writer to writer, but once we have a solid understanding of how we measure success as a writer (being widely read? selling a lot of our stuff? being well-paid for what we write? all of the above? none of the above? just the pure satisfaction from having produced?) then we can become more clear and honest, if only to ourselves, about what and where we're willing to compromise.

For instance, if being widely read AND being able to make an decent income from your writing is important to you, and you recognize that truth (though many writers, of course, see that as a sell-out) and own it, that will play a huge role in how you move forward in your journey as a writer.

If you know you want to be 'there,' then how do you get from 'here' to there? That all makes sense in my head, lol.

Love your blog, Eri, and everything you write :)


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