I looked at my browser bookmarks and I felt JOY. You know, Joy, don’t you? Maybe you make fun of Joy or sing about her only during the holidays, but Joy is your best mate. You should let her into your life more often. I felt JOY while looking at my bookmarks because seeing the list of my resent research items made me happy to be a writer. I held on to that joy for a moment because it’s a gift.
Don’t knock Joy. She’s BAD ASS
You may or may not believe in God(s).
But I find that prayer - even if it's really only directed to the higher power in you - is helpful for every human and especially human writers.
I subscribe to the Anne Lamott school of prayer:
These are excellent prayers for writers.
HELP! (I want to give up; I don’t know how to go on; I don’t know if I’m wasting my time; I think I suck; I know I suck; I should get a real job; help me have more faith in myself.)
WOW. (That was so beautiful – how can simple words burrow into my heart like that?; I didn’t know I had that kind of insight in me; I didn’t know you had that kind of beauty in you; WOW, you showed me your work, opened yourself up and I am amazed.)
THANKS. (Thank you for words and for every way they connect me to you; Thank you for human expression because sometimes I swear it’s the only thing keeping us from doing only bad things; thank you for the burden and the honor of being creative, because I can touch others with my words and I can let them touch me.)
So, thank you for all the help and WOW, to all my writer friends – you are amazing.