THE POWER OF PERSISTENCE: WHY WRITER’S BLOCK IS A LIE PART 2

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every other Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

The Power of Persistence: Why Writer's Block is a Lie, Part 2

I’ve been reading an interest book lately called The Book of Joy. It’s a book that is an interfaith dialogue between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, each an important figure in their respective religions, Christianity and Buddhism.

One of the things that has already stuck and inadvertently been applied to my own life as a realization of late is this:

Suffering produces joy.

What does this mean? Because it sounds contradictory. But think about it—women who have children go through the process of childbirth (pain), but are so happy to have the new addition to their family, that many women opt to go through extreme pain more than once in order to have more than one child.

But it hurts! Why go through it?

Because suffering produces joy.

So this week, we are going to talk a little bit more about how suffering through torment can actually bring you real joy.
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TRUE OR FALSE: IF YOU’RE NOT HAPPY, YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

TRUE OR FALSE: IF YOU’RE NOT HAPPY, YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG

As creative people, we tend to value not only our goals, but our happiness while working toward them. In fact, there is often a tendency to believe that if we are not happy while working toward something, then it is not the right path for us to be on. We believe, at some level, if we are not happy while working, and I mean whistle-while-you-work level happy, then we were wrong about our calling. This week, we are all about identifying the difference between truth and truism, because while there is some truth to what I just said, there are also many lies. Continue reading