Today is the last day of 2019. Just when I thought this year would never end, it’s over! I really underestimated the flight of time, because it was a rough year for me and my family.
I can only smile at the arduous months recovering physically, mentally and spiritually before finally reclaiming my passion for writing. I missed it so much. I shared my concerns with fellow authors and welcomed their wisdom. So, now I share with you, dear ones.
Whether through traditional or independent publishing, offering ones art of expression requires faith, practice, patience and endurance.
When consumed with a story, we’re in a zone of oblivion. We don’t dwell on writing supplies or time ticking by. No more than would a painter hesitate to replenish his/her paints, canvass, brushes and more to finish their masterpiece. Or a dancer and singer who both spend endless hours of practice before curtain call. (Yes, it can be costly and time consuming, but somehow we manage to get through without losing track of our momentum.) Get the picture?
Let’s not leave out the ANTICIPATION that awaits us after presenting our gifts to the world. Will they feel, see and hear what we wish to share or portray? Hopefully. Were the critics harsh or constructive? Yes, maybe. Did we receive the numerous cheers we hoped to expect? Perhaps not. Should we stop. Definitely not.
Our joy and devotion to our craft was presented as a gift to us first. Someone, far higher than we are, believed in us and rewarded each of us with the the gift of expression. Over the years, when we eventually give out or retire, our gifts will never leave our hearts. We would then smile at our achievements–big or small.
To put a monetary tag on our work can be illusional and discouraging, because our gifts–like life–are priceless. The satisfaction in reaching people who understand and admire our art is immeasurable. Compensation will often follow.
Also, one cannot compare with others the timetable of success. For some artists it’s years, and others overnight (it seems). Success always has a beginning. It’s up to us how to develop it, to master it. It becomes our generous gift to those who receive and welcome it from our heart to theirs.
As mentioned earlier, the art of storytelling encompasses the writer’s flow of much thought, emotion and more. The end result– JOY!
Relish what you have, water it, nourish it and make it grow. First, however, you enjoy it and then happily share. That’s our choice, fellow scribes, and our readers’ privilege.
See you in 2020!
J. Hale Turner