Does writing have to be a struggle?
Yesterday, I posed this question on Facebook, and it turns out a lot of us have thoughts about this; the responses were insightful, interesting, wise, and varied.
The conversation has me thinking about both how we define struggle and also, how we relate to ease, what these concepts have to do with privilege, with expectation, with culture — and what remains of just *being* when you strip all of these away.
What values do you assign to these words? Is struggle always a bad thing? Is ease necessarily a good thing?
I think of resistance slogans like ¡la lucha continua! and I feel a swelling of pride and power in struggle — to struggle against injustice, for example, is a very different thing than to struggle with freeing your own words onto the page (or is it?).
Are struggle and ease mutually exclusive?
What’s the difference between struggling and persevering, if any? Does ease always mean easy? What are the origins of how you relate to these words, and how does this affect you today as a creative being?
Marge Piercy writes:
“Doorways are sacred to women for we are the doorways of life and we must choose what comes in and what goes out. Freedom is our real abundance.”
There are so many points of entry, so many questions. Every question is a doorway to greater freedom with and within our writing.
Consider how struggle and ease show up in your everyday experience. Play with being objective, i.e. make a list of what you have to work your ass off for and another list for what you don’t have to think about at all. If you’d like, choose ONE thing from either or both lists for a deeper dive and closer look.
Start by setting a timer for 10 minutes. Be curious. See where the inquiry leads. There are no wrong answers. Keep your hand moving without judging yourself or editing as you go!
Do you long for more creative ease?
Are you a woman or femme working on a long-term project and wishing you had more accountability, structure, and companionship along the way?
Are you super busy but don’t want your writing to wither on the vine?
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Spring is here and with it, an invitation to gently nurture new words — and a new way of relating to your writing!
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Does this sound like just the thing your writing life needs? YAY. Contact me before the end of the week. Let’s talk about your writing and your life. It doesn’t have to be a struggle.