IF YOU'RE LUCKY, YOU DO THE KIND OF WORK THAT
SPARKS YOUR CREATIVITY AND MAKES YOU WANT TO
MEET ITS CHALLENGES.
FOR ME, THAT WORK IS WRITING:
ALTHOUGH I FIND IT HELLISHLY HARD,
IT'S THE FIRST THING I TURN TO WHEN I NEED TO
EXPRESS MYSELF OR UNDERSTAND THE WORLD.
I LOVE ITS VERY DIFFICULTY.
It's that last sentence that strikes home for me. I can complain and moan and groan with the best of them - this story stinks, that character is boring, the plot is full of holes, blah blah blah.
And yet....I keep going. I keep working. I keep learning. I change the story's point of view. I give that dull character a nasty little secret. I fill in those giant plot craters with heaping lumps of logic and mounds of motivation. I do what I can to make the work....work.
I love what I do. Sure, it's easier to love my work when it's clean and pretty and smiling and cuddly. It's a lot harder to love it when it's grumpy and pouting and grungy and smells really bad. But that's when it needs me the most. And that's when I need it, too.
I hope you all have something in your lives that you love and that challenges you. And if you don't, why not try to find it? It's out there. It might be covered in mud or stink of fish, but when you're done wrestling it to the ground and hosing it off, you'll see its beauty and its potential. You'll see it's just what you need. Don't give up!