Monday, December 16, 2013

The Missing Piece

This time of year is good for reflection. I remember well TBW. The Time Before Writing. I felt like something was missing despite all that I was fortunate enough to have in my life. Obviously that missing piece was writing, which I've been doing ever since I realized that. 

There have been times when life has gotten crazy. Distractions exist, both good and bad, big and small, but through everything I know that if I'm not writing, I'm not complete. 

I suspect it's the same for most of you. Whether you've been living with this conclusion for years or just learning it to be true, you probably have that same driving need inside of you. It's nice to know there's company!

There will be times - and I promise you this - that you'll get distracted by the glitzy lights and colorful wrapping (yes I'm using a metaphor here), when you get frustrated by rejection when you thought this was it, or you become overwhelmed with marketing, etc. But please remember to take a breath, close your eyes, focus on the story inside, and remember. Remember the moment you realized what the missing piece was. 

Because it all comes down to that. Don't cheat yourself. Be true to you and keep working toward your goal, whatever that is. Mostly, keep working on being better at expressing yourself on paper. You can enjoy the lights and gifts too, but it's the warm fuzzies inside that fuel the soul. 

Sorry if this was a little sappy for me. I guess I'm in that kind of mood. :D 

Happy Holidays whatever you celebrate!! 


  1. Yes, so true about life getting busy and distracting. But I do come back to my writing. I just am doing it again after a few month break because life got so busy and I'm really enjoying it again. Phew! I was worried for awhile if I'd care.

  2. Wonderful post! Some days it's a drag for me to force myself to write, but then there are those days where I'm full of those warm fuzzies as I write, and I remember why I love it so much. Happy Holidays to you as well!

  3. Love it Lisa! It's so true - I can't go too long without at least thinking of my stories :)

  4. Yes, maybe sappy but sometimes those are wonderful times to write blog posts! And I fully agree with you. :)

  5. Aw ... Don't cheat yourself. LUV that! We need to be reminded of that so often. What better time of the year to do so.

    Have a wonderful holiday!

  6. Beautifully said, Lisa. It's so true. Whenever I'm frustrated or overwhelmed, I bring myself back to why I write: the joy of it. Without the joy, why bother?

  7. It's all for those moments when nothing exists in the world but you and the story appearing on the page.

  8. For years I tried to ignore the missing piece in my life. It was about five years ago, that I turned back to what I've always loved: telling stories. In doing so, I find a peace that I didn't have previously. It fuels my days. I'm a better person because of it. I'll never let anyone tell me how foolish the pursuit is, or how I should be more practical again.